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Anti-violence, anti-hate protest held in Burton

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Dozens turned out Friday night in Mid-Michigan, standing in solidarity for Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I cried, it was very sad. It’s hard to understand that type of hatred. Peaceful protesters not doing anything wrong. It breaks my heart,” said Heidi McMeekian, a 10-year Army veteran who was among those that stood at the corner of Bristol and Saginaw Streets in Burton.

“Someone would be so horrible of a human being to just do that to someone. That’s a coward, it’s easy to run someone down if you’re filled with that kind of hate.”

Dozens of people lined the street holding signs and wearing T-shirts with anti-violence and anti-hate messages.

Sherry, who did not want her last name used, is one of them. She said she was out there not only because of the events in Charlottesville, but because of what she sees locally.

“It happens every day. It happens every day.”

William Sheean was holding a sign with a picture of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd during the violent clashes in Virginia.

He said we have to stay vigilant.

“We’ve fought confederates and Nazis before, and won. And we’ll do it again. And it sucks but we have to fight.”

Heidi said she’s seen a mixed reaction to the rally as cars passed by.

“We’ve had people flip us off and shake their heads like we’re doing something wrong. And then we’ve also had people honking and waving, so it’s been a bit of a mix.”

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