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Governor Rick Snyder: 'Let me be blunt. Detroit's broke'

19 July 2013 Last updated at 11:57 BST

Detroit has become the largest city in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy.

It has debts of at least $15bn (£10bn) and is is seeking protection from creditors who include public-sector workers and their pension funds.

The crisis follows decades of industrial decline, a shrinking population and falling tax income.

A video of Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder was posted online, where he announced: "Let me be blunt. Detroit's broke."

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