Naked doll hanging by a noose prompts fight at armed anti-lockdown protest in Michigan

Police patrol a demonstration by people protesting against coronavirus lockdown measures in Lansing, Michigan: AFP via Getty Images

A fight broke out between anti-lockdown protesters in Michigan after one began waving an American flag with a doll tied to the pole by a noose around its neck.

As armed demonstrators gathered at Michigan’s State Capitol to denounce the governor’s stay-at-home orders, one man began waving his flag with the naked doll attached in one hand while also carrying an axe in the other.

The skirmish broke out when another protester tried to grab the flag and doll away, saying it was “the wrong message” while another yelled “first amendment”.

Two men wrestled for control of the axe before they separated and police arrived on the scene.

A woman addressing the crowd said the display was a hate crime that would not be tolerated in Michigan.

Police patrol a demonstration by people protesting against coronavirus lockdown measures in Lansing, Michigan (AFP via Getty Images)

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