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Michigan Capitol remains peaceful through Inauguration Day

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 21:24:52-05

Fears of disruptive protests at the Michigan state Capitol during Wednesday's inauguration proved unfounded.

Michigan State Police were on guard as a small group of demonstrators stood outside of the Capitol voicing their opinions peacefully as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States.

Some demonstrators said they were sad to see President Donald Trump go. Others were happy to see a new administration take over.

Donald Atkinson is a Gulf War veteran and said he was out there to show his support for his country.

“I thought [Trump] did really good for this country. I was hoping for another four years," Atkinson said. "We need to get united here. This country is too divided.”

Other demonstrators had mixed feelings about Inauguration Day.

"I’m glad this is all over and hopefully we can move on from this whole mess," John Clore said, "but I feel like our federal republic has been stolen and our democracy is gone.”

Although the crowd was small, they stood out in the cold for over an hour with signs, props and the American Flag."

Nathan Wenke was visiting the state capitol with his grandfather and says he's hopeful for the future.

“I’m hopeful for the U.S in general. I’m hoping that Biden can bring us together as a country," Wenke said.

"I don’t know that he will. I think there’s a lot of systemic problems that I don’t think he’s going to be able to fix.”

Michigan State Police confirmed to FOX 47 News that the National Guard was on the ground. They said no demonstrators were arrested.

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