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Residents protest water crisis, Dakota pipeline

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Flint residents bonded together on Friday to support the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters hundreds of miles away.

"We have to stand up for our natural resources," said Zak Gross, protester.

He was one of nearly two dozen protesters who hit the streets of downtown Flint.

"It really breaks my heart that this is happening," Gross said.

The protesters were there to keep the spotlight on Flint's water crisis and stand in solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Protesters there want to put a stop to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The protesters shouted "You can't drink oil. Keep it in the soil."

"It was absolutely amazing just standing in solidarity with so many people, was absolutely incredible too," said Megan Kreger, protester.

Kreger was at the protests in North Dakota. Now she's back home to keep her message alive.

"I think we know firsthand what happens when our water supply becomes tainted. So it's incredibly important to stand with our brothers and sisters out in Standing Rock for that reason," Kreger said.

Meanwhile, other Flint residents were glad to see the protesters.

"We need to continue to picket, continue to fight and continue to call out this failed system that's depriving us of life," said Claire McClinton, Flint resident.

As for Gross, he just wants to see the water crisis come to an end.

"It's enough. You know, it's at a breaking point. You know enough is enough," Gross said.

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