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Photos: Michigan bills pass amid large protests

Published 10:01 PM ET, Tue December 11, 2012
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Michigan State Police in riot gear push back against protestors during a rally against right-to-work legislation at the Michigan State Capitol on Tuesday, December 11, in Lansing, Michigan. The House approved two controversial right-to-work measures that would weaken unions' power. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Thousands of people, many of them union workers, gathered outside the statehouse, chanting and holding signs as snow fell. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
People line up to try to enter the House chamber in the Michigan State Capitol where the bills are voted on. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Michigan State Police guard the entrance to the House chamber as protestors fill the building. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Union members hold a sit-in in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol as they protest the right-to-work legislation. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
A trampled protestor's sign lies on the ground where union members rallied at the Michigan State Capitol. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Michigan, birthplace of the United Auto Workers and where 17.5% of employees are represented by unions, is by far the most heavily unionized state to pass such legislation. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images