2013-03-18 21:33:58

Detroit residents protest governor’s appointment of emergency manager, calling it “undemocratic”

In Detroit, community activists, religious leaders and residents converged at a city convention center to protest the appointment of an emergency financial manager in the city, calling it undemocratic and a threat to labor rights.

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed a Washington DC-based bankruptcy lawyer, Kevyn Orr, as the emergency manager for Detroit. According to the governor’s office, Orr would serve for 18 months, after which city officials will then assess progress. Detroit has an accumulated deficit of nearly $330 million.

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