Outside the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit on Thursday, a charged-up crowd of at least 150 pickets had no shortage of targets for its ire: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb.

“Hey hey, ho ho, _____ [fill in one of the above] has got to go.”

County workers, DPS employees and other demonstrators circled for at least an hour on the sidewalk in front of the county’s new headquarters at the art deco-style building. Of particular issue, the forced furlough days for county workers, Bobb’s reduction of teachers and other school district employees and Bing’s support of both.

“No layoffs, no cuts, Detroit won’t move to the back of the bus.”

Wayne County Commissioner Keith Williams stopped by but declined to take the microphone.

“The commissioner is next,” the crowd chanted its warning to him.

Chuck Lidenmuth, a 16-year county maintenance worker — he salts I-275 from Monroe County to I-94 during snowfalls — says more demonstrations are planned.

“How much more can they cut?” he asks.


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