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Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

Thousands protest outside GE shareholders meeting in Detroit

By Cindy Heflin

Several thousand protesters showed up at GE's annual shareholder meeting in downtown Detroit Wednesday morning to demand that the company pay more in taxes, The Detroit News reported.

Three dozen were escorted out of the meeting after they stood up and chanted, “pay your fair share.”

Dozens of police were holding demonstrators back outside the Renaissance Center, where the meeting was being held, the newspaper reported.

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Marcel Kuemmet

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 2:57 a.m.

Complete story on the Detroit action ... Watch the march as it happened. http://wisconsinconfidential.blogspot.com/2012/05/ge-corporate-taxes-and-american.html

Mike

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 8:40 p.m.

So let me get this striaght. GE gets into bed with the democrats and helps Obama get elected, the Democrats then start a campaign against big business and the 1%ers, now GE is on the menu.......I love this stuff. Who's next to be attacked, defamed, and coerced by the news media and the Democartic machine? Elect more of them and you can find out the hard way..............

Mike K

Fri, Apr 27, 2012 : 12:57 a.m.

Well done Mike, well done.

u812

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 9:53 p.m.

Elect Romney and work till your 80 and expect no social security, even if you paid.

G-Man

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

Maybe they could go protest the Tigers, maybe they would start hitting again and find some decent starting pitching beside Verlander!

Jimmy McNulty

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

I really do not understand the animosity towards GE and the misdirected anger. GE is paying taxes and following the tax code. If GE is taking full advantage of tax breaks per the tax code, go protest your legislators.

u812

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

Wow the rich are the greatest people in the world.

shepard145

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 3:30 a.m.

Protested what? Is the GE stock their parent's own in their 401K retirement plans over performing this year!? LOL The length of this piece reflects the empty shell that is this ratty, incoherent, rambling "protest". Clueless fall out from obama's class envy class warfare politics, these people have no idea what they're protesting and simply showing up as ordered by some Tweet. …it's really embarrassing for all involved – especially the democrat party. It was good to see they managed to not leave behind too much of their garbage and kept the violence to a minimum this time.

u812

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

all goverments are doomed to fail in the end. maybe we should speedup the race to the bottom and start up another 2 wars somewhere that are not needed. Iran and China possibly?

joe.blow

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

This is what happens when you donate to the Obama camp, you don't have to pay taxes.

Arborcomment

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 10:59 p.m.

Since 49% of wage earners pay no federal income tax and/or actually receive funds from the government via the earned income tax credit - there's some irony in the fact that there was a large group of the 49ers protesting that GE is one of them...

motorcycleminer

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

Protest......Thats no protest it's a paid political ad...I love the nicely prnted " chant " cards ( union sponsorship whats new ) the tea party makes their own with a real message these are just paid help, kinda like thew people who hold up " going out of business signs " ..too bad too.. GE is obama's poster child for his insane " green " politics programs ..and not to mention a huge supplier of US jobs to overseas....all in all a joke....someday these clowns will get a job and a life....

braggslaw

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 7:28 p.m.

The protest was comical and in many ways disgusting... Buses lined up on Jefferson to drop off paid protesters, most of whom were over 70 years old and were getting a free meal for the day. It was so contrived, I felt sorry for the organizers.

Mike K

Fri, Apr 27, 2012 : 12:54 a.m.

Welcome to politics......... And here the left doesn't even want voters to supply identification to vote....

xmo

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

Thank Goodness GE is helping President Obama out with his "GREEN ENERGY" jobs. It is surprising that they don't have to pay any taxes? Maybe their friendship with President had something to do with it? The "Rich Person" I like is Warren Buffet, his secretary makes $250,000 plus, he owes at least a Billion Dollars in taxes and yet says that he is not being taxed enough! Maybe if he paid his taxes he would feel that he is being taxed enough!

jcj

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

"It is surprising that they don't have to pay any taxes?" Whats surprising is that there are supposedly informed people that actually think GE did not pay any taxes. Did they pay their fair share?Probably not but don't stretch the truth to argue a point!

Skyjockey43

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

While I too agree that it's disgusting, the fact is that GE has broken no laws in regards to their tax bill. So protesting GE is missing the mark. I'm pretty sure that every protester would gleefully follow their accountant's advise if a loophole were found for them to legally pay no taxes. Then again, since almost half of the population in this country already pay no income tax, my point is probably moot.

Mike K

Fri, Apr 27, 2012 : 12:52 a.m.

But for some reason the left wants to eliminate tax deductions for "big oil". They too are within the law. I think the left needs to be "outraged" about GE, but do you see it?

djm12652

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 6:48 p.m.

Yep, forget the 99%'s that have their investments in GE...decrease their stock dividends so those that have nothing will get a share of those that do...and by the way, I pay a higher tax rate than Obama, Buffett and Romney! And I don't even come close to upper middle class. So blame the tax codes people and those elected that allow them to be written.

Ron Granger

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 : 5:44 p.m.

If only us little people could dodge taxes like GE, and pay other people to apologize for us.