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Jesse Jackson calls for emergency manager protests

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DETROIT (AP) -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is pushing for mass demonstrations to protest Michigan's emergency manager law and the appointment of a manager in Detroit.

The national civil rights leader said during a news conference Friday at City Hall that the law takes away the rights of voters.

The Detroit Free Press reports that during the news conference Jackson stated, "Detroit cannot be reduced to a rummage sale."

State-appointed emergency managers can negotiate labor contracts and deals with vendors, sell of city assets to raise money and cut the salaries of elected officials.

Bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr starts work Monday as Detroit's manager. Orr was hired last week.

Michigan voters in November repealed a 2011 emergency manager law that gave the state more power in financially strapped cities and public schools.

A subsequent version of the law passed by Republicans and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December goes into effect Thursday.

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