Group protests inside Detroit City Hall lobby

Published On: Mar 28 2013 02:10:56 PM EDT

A crowd of people has filled the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center lobby demanding an audience with Detroit's newly appointed emergency manager.

Thursday's City Hall demonstration comes the same day a coalition of groups filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan's emergency manager law. They include unions, elected officials from several cities and clergy.

Demonstrators chanted and sang while sitting on the lobby's floor. Security guards denied them access to elevators leading to Kevyn Orr's office on the 11th floor.

Public Act 436 took effect Thursday and allows state-appointed emergency managers the power to negotiate labor contracts, sell off city assets and maintain the salaries of elected officials.

READ: Detroit EFM Kevyn Orr keeps City Council, mayor salaries

Orr's first day on the job was Monday. He's tasked with fixing Detroit's financial emergency.

READ: Detroit EFM begins work amid protests

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