Police Mace Protesters at Capitol

By: News 10
By: News 10
Rowdy crowd tried to block police cars and doors with dumpsters.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Police have arrested five protesters who'd been sitting in at the Michigan Capitol in a protest against what they say are Gov. Rick Snyder's anti-union policies.
Others came out of the Capitol voluntarily Wednesday evening, but a small number remained inside.
Police used mace to disperse the crowd when some people tried to force their way inside the building.
The five were led to an Ingham County sheriff's van, their hands secured behind their behind their backs about 8:10 p.m.
The sit-in came after more than 3,000 people protested inside and outside the Statehouse earlier in the day.
The union members and their supporters oppose a measure Snyder signed Wednesday afternoon that gives emergency financial managers sweeping new powers to void union contracts.
They also oppose his plan to tax pensions, which now are exempt from state taxes.

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