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The Daily covers Michigan protesters’ experiences yesterday in Washington and in Ann Arbor, including being pepper sprayed,
After the line extended several blocks, some protesters began to push, lift and even break the eight-foot steel fence that separated them from police.
To push them back from the fence, police began firing pepper spray. Some protesters left the scene red-faced, crying with bloodshot eyes.
and chased by riot police,
Immediately after this incident, the police called for backup. In a few minutes, a train of vans and squad cars arrived at the scene with 50 riot police who dismounted and headed toward the crowd. Moving in a solid black and blue line, they swept down the street, pushing away protestors â€” some running away while others were pushed down a street that ran into the parade route. Few were hit, and none were assaulted with pepper spray. Once they reached the end of the street, police reinforced the fence and assumed a defensive position.
While police action may not have been completely without reason, “Few were hit,” is not exactly a high standard to hold the police to, and pepper spray as a first response seems a little extreme.
The Daily article goes on to discuss less exciting protests.
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