There are huge protests happening outside of Thursday's Republican debate

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Multiple protests are currently taking place outside of the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the location of Thursday's Republican presidential debate.

The primary group protesting is "Fight for $15," an organization campaigning for a $15 minimum wage. "Fight for $15" is joined by protesters carrying signs and chanting against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and the Flint Water Crisis.

"We're here today protesting the hateful rhetoric that has been spewed by the Republican Party, particularly Donald Trump," Hassan Sheikh, a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council, told the Detroit News. "We've seen a rise in hate crimes. We've seen a rise in people being empowered to spew out hateful mindsets. And this is not good for the nation. We live in the greatest nation on earth, and we have to do everything we can to keep it that way."

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Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, left and Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump talk at a break during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, left, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, react during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ohio Gov. John Kasich walks onstage before the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Donald Trump (L) answers a question as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) looks on during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks onstage before the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (L) and Ted Cruz (R-TX)(R) listen as Donald Trump answers a question during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Carson speaks during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
US Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz is seen on television in the CNN filing room during the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
US Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is seen on television in the CNN filing room during the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump both speak during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
From left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas prepare for a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
As Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks, Republican presidential candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., second from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, second from right and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L-R) stand on stage ater being introduced for the Republican National Committee Presidential Primary Debate at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The candidates are meeting for the last Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
From left, Republican presidential candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich listen to the U.S. national anthem before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Moderator Wolf Blitzer (L) and US Republican Presidential Candidates (L-R) Ben Carson , Marco Rubio , Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich prepare for the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Workers prepare for the Republican presidential candidates to meet at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Donald Trump (L) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talk over each other in the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN listens to the answers to a question during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Sheikh was among the hundreds gathered across the street from the Fox Theatre by 7 p.m. – a crowd that would be boosted 10 minutes later by the arrival of buses filled with other demonstrators.

Earlier on Thursday, fast-food workers in Detroit and Flint walked off of their jobs as a part of the "Five for $15" protest, and rallied by the entrance of the Fox Theatre, according to a press release from the organization.

"It's to help workers get a decent wage and form a union," Taco Bell worker Tyrone Stitt from Flint told the Detroit Free Press. "I feel like the corporations are making billions of dollars off the backs of low-paid workers — and they aren't paying people what they are worth."

CNN's Dylan Byers captured the raucous scene outside of the venue on Thursday evening, less than two hours before the start of the debate:

Photos of the protest surfaced on social media as well:

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GOP debate, Detroit style: Hundreds take over the street outside in protest. #gopdebate
Protesters for #FlintLivesMatter have rallied outside the #GOPDebate in Detroit. More here: https://t.co/Q5TCbfy0Ig https://t.co/n4PBBfNBe8
Outside the FOX Theater in Detroit protestors & supporters alike waiting for the #GOPDebate with @SKrafftFox10 https://t.co/oaOW7vqucR
Tonight's #GOPDebate is kicking off. Follow the action LIVE herre: https://t.co/7wy0D0tcan https://t.co/u7yAgvShlj
48 million of us are making less than $15 & tonight we told #GOPDebate 'No $15, no vote from us' #FightFor15 https://t.co/FyBsOdm7Iv
A John Kasich supporter carries an American flag outside of the Fox Theater in Detroit ahead of tonight's #GOPDebate https://t.co/iHaDv75d1r
Protesters build a "wall" for @realDonaldTrump outside #GOPDebate in Detroit https://t.co/wibwDMVZ9p
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