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Protesters march on Gov. Snyder's house

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of people have held a rally and march to Gov. Rick Snyder's gated community to protest a new law making it easier for the state to take over financially struggling local governments and school districts.

Crowd estimates range from about 800 to about 1,000 for the demonstration, which began Monday afternoon at a Washtenaw County park and ended outside the gatehouse of Snyder's gated neighborhood in Superior Township, near Ann Arbor.

People linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement joined religious groups in the Martin Luther King Day demonstration.

Protesters say the emergency financial manager law disenfranchises members of minority groups.

Snyder says it isn't racially motivated.

Emergency managers now manage Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint and Detroit's schools. Detroit's finances are under a review that could produce a takeover.

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