The Sun : Fight breaks out over hanged doll representing Gov Whitmer as armed militia protest Michigan lockdown

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A FIGHT broke out over a hanged doll representing Governor Gretchen Whitmer as armed militia protested against the Michigan coronavirus lockdown.

Police said the brawl erupted between two demonstrators after one tried to take a sign from the other's hand.

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The doll was hanging by rope[/caption]

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A protester tried to remove the doll from the flag[/caption]

A witness told MLive that the fight broke out after a man carrying a garbage can filled with a sign, an ax and an American flag, removed the flag from the trash.

He added that attached to the flag was a naked doll with brown hair hanging from a noose.

Protest organizers reportedly called the display "hate speech."

The witness said that the scuffle started when one protester tried to remove the doll from the flag.

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Demonstrators carried guns[/caption]

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Some protesters wore gas masks[/caption]

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Protesters pictured Whitmer as Hitler[/caption]

Cops confirmed that both parties were interviewed by officers and there were no injuries or arrests made.

However, dozens of other protesters gathered at the state's Capitol denouncing the coronavirus lockdown rules.

Many of the angry locals were seen carrying guns, wearing gasmasks and carrying demanding their "freedom."

Thursday's demonstration is the third planned in Michigan since Gov Gretchen Whitmer enforced stay-at-home orders.

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Protesters carried weapons[/caption]

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Locals held signs outside the Capitol[/caption]

Whitmer became a target of the protest on social media last week, the Metro Times reported.

"We need a good old fashioned lynch mob to storm the Capitol, drag her tyrannical a** out onto the street and string her up as our forefathers would have," someone reportedly wrote in a Facebook group named "People of Michigan vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer."

Another said: "Drag that tyrant governor out to the front lawn. Fit her for a noose."

Others suggests that Whitmer should be shot, beaten or beheaded, according to the local outlet.

On Wednesday, the governor told ABC: "I would be not truthful if I said it didn't bother me. It certainly does.

"These protests, in a perverse way, make it likelier that we're going to stay in a stay-home posture.

"The whole point of them supposedly is that they don't want to be doing that."

She continued: "These have been, really, political rallies, where people come with Confederate flags and Nazi symbolism and calling for violence.

"This is not appropriate in a global pandemic, but it's certainly not an exercise of democratic principles, where we have free speech.

"This is calls to violence," she said. "This is racist and misogynistic."

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Gov Whitmer has become a target in the protests[/caption]

Earlier this month, the governor slammed the recent protests inside the state capitol, saying the demonstration reminded her of some of the "worst racism" in US history.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union, Whitmer called the protest of armed citizens "outrageous" and said their behavior "is not representative of who we are."

"Some of the outrageousness of what happened at our capitol depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country," she told host Jake Tapper.

"The Confederate Flags, and nooses, the swastikas, the behavior that you have seen in all of the clips is not representative of who we are in Michigan," she continued.

Michigan has lost at least 4,714 residents to the novel coronavirus, adding to the country's death toll of 85,197.

The United States currently has a total of 1,223,419 confirmed cases.

However, 205,268 have recovered from the disease.



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