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Protesters take over capitol steps

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Hundreds of people took to the steps of Michigan's Capitol on Jan. 19 to express disgust in the state's handling of the Flint water crisis. Credit: WNEM Hundreds of people took to the steps of Michigan's Capitol on Jan. 19 to express disgust in the state's handling of the Flint water crisis. Credit: WNEM
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Emotions ran high as people gathered on the capitol lawn to show their disgust with the state.

A state they say failed thousands of people in Flint by cutting costs and delivering them poisonous water.

"Human rights violation to the extreme, yes," said Lansing resident, Cassandra Baumann.

As Gov. Rick Snyder laid out his plans to fix the problem, promising to give the financial resources people in the city will need, hundreds of people continued their call for his resignation.

Many said his leadership led to the failure.

"We don't want to have that fear that we always have to drink that water, you know? And then something nasty in our water, we just don't want to have that fear no more," said Flint resident, Antoine Jackson.

It’s a fear that has affected an entire community and beyond.

"We didn't just poison the Flint people, he poisoned everyone who travels into Flint, and he's put us all at risk, every single one of us," said Lori Welch, who works in Flint.

UAW Local 699, Matt Beaver said, "When you have problems and you knew what happened, you should address it immediately."

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