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Protesters at Michigan Capitol battle right-to-work

Protestors on State Capitol lawn

Photo: Detroit News

December 11, 2012 | AP  Union demonstrators rallying against right-to-work legislation in Michigan have turned the front lawn of the state Capitol into an impromptu carnival.  The display includes giant, inflatable rats representing Republicans supporting the divisive measure.

The giant plastic rodents popped up on the edge of the lawn Tuesday morning holding signs that say, "The Rat Pack."

The rats include signs labeling the three top Republicans pushing the legislation quickly through the GOP-controlled Legislature: Gov. Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger.

Activists also erected tents and inflated two giant inflatable eagles.

Union members stood on the front steps waving flags and leading chants, including "This is what democracy looks like" and "Who's house? Our house."

Republican lawmakers quickly moved legislation through the House and Senate in a single day last week.

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