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Rally held in support of arrested activists

Posted at 8:13 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 08:13:13-05

LANSING, Mich. — A rally today in support of activists arrested during a protest over drinking water.

Members of the "Michigan Poor People's Campaign" were arrested for blocking the entrance to the state Department of Environmental Quality last June.

They were trying to draw attention to water shut-offs in Detroit.

Sylvia Orduno was one of them and she says they did nothing wrong.

"So i don't believe i am guilty for one and everyone else who is going to be taking part in the trial today, we don't believe we're guilty for taking the action that we did," said Orduno.

The activist say they felt surrounding the Michigan DEQ was the only way to get their voices heard.

About half of those arrested are demanding a jury trial.