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Protesters march to Flint City Hall over water crisis

FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Dozens of Flint residents marched to city hall on Wednesday to show officials they want things fixed in their community.

People gathered at the Flat lot in downtown Flint Wednesday morning and walked to city hall.

They are trying to peacefully demonstrate they are upset more isn’t being done to fix the water issue and their pipes.

"The residents are getting lost in the shuffle and as residents of the city we just want answers," said Pastor Jeffery Hawkins, resident.

Hawkins is a key organizer. He said residents don't feel like their voices are being heard by local or state leaders.

"Here's a water crisis that has affected so many people. We know that has even caused death. We know that people are getting prosecuted. Why are the residents seen as we have to pay for the problem that we did not cause," Hawkins said.

Heavy police presence surrounded the event with officers keeping protesters and journalists away from the entrance to city hall.

The protests continued to call for the mayor to come out and speak with them, but the closest they got was someone in her administration.

"The mayor has been fighting for a reduction in water rates since she got in office," said Sylvester Jones, city administrator.

Jones tried to make a plea on Mayor Karen Weaver's behalf, but it didn't satisfy the demonstrators.

"We've been going unheard for so long. It's time that we go down here and let them know," said Ariana Hawk, resident.

>>Slideshow: Pictures from the march<<

We’ll have more information on this as it develops.

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