Hundreds of protesters plan to converge outside GOP debate in Detroit tonight

The GOP debate will take place tonight at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.
The GOP debate will take place tonight at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Protesters plan to converge outside the GOP debate at the Fox Theater in Detroit tonight to call attention to the Flint water crisis, economic and racial inequalities and Donald Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric.

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to show up in what could be the largest protest outside of a GOP debate so far this year.

protest GOPOne of the protests, Shutdown in Midtown, is focused on the Flint water crisis and the appointment of emergency managers in Michigan. The demonstration begins at 6 p.m.

The debate, hosted by Fox News, is scheduled for 9 p.m.

The protests could cause a headache for people planning to attend the debate because of traffic snarls caused by the M-1 rail construction. Woodward is down to two lanes.

Over the past two years, people protesting emergency management and police brutality have shut down streets in Detroit.

Detroit, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, certainly is an odd choice for the GOP debate.

Motor City Muckraker will be covering the protests beginning at 6 p.m. on Periscope and Twitter.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.