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Protester: 'The governor is lying to you'

Posted at 9:59 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 13:09:35-04

LANSING, Mich. — Another protest took place at the State Capitol Building Thursday morning.

Several people have shown up to protest the stay-home order which remains in effect until May 28.

Another protest took place at the State Capitol Thursday morning.

Just as the protest began, it appears an argument broke out about guns.

"The govenor is lying to you, I hope this is live," one of the protesters, Laura Roush, said.

Roush told Fox 47 she is running for a spot in the Michigan House of Representatives. She said the media is focusing more on gun carriers and sign carriers, when in reality, their whole group is more peaceful than not.

"I did that to bring attention to the fact that the media is focusing on a few people that might look more threatening, when we as a group are not threatening," Roush told Fox 47. "We are hear to just show that we have rights, that we want to protect our rights, I mean what's happening right now is ridiculous."

She said people deserve to be able to work.

"We deserve to go out there and be the soldiers we are to protect our way of life and that is us going out and working right now," Roush said.

Previous protests have caused concern as some individuals showed up armed, even storming inside of the Capitol building.

Attorney General Nessel told Fox 47 she is calling on demonstrators to keep their protests peaceful and free of violence and intimidation.

"This is a very concerning situation and we don't want to see it escalate into violence," said Nessel. "If that requires additional police presence, then that's what we're going to do to make sure that everybody stays safe and secure."

Currently, local leaders are deciding whether or not to ban the presence of firearms at the Capitol building after the Michigan State Capitol Commission delayed the decision last week.

There was a heavy police presence at the protest. Several people could be heard yelling, "arrest the governor," to Michigian State Police.

One person, who brought an ax, was taken into custody.

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