Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thousands of Wisconsin labor supporters protest

Thousands of Wisconsin labor supporters protest

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MADISON (AP) — Officials report no incidents of violence or disorder in and around the Wisconsin Capitol, where thousands of protesters gathered.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration estimates that 10,000 protesters demonstrated outside the Capitol on Tuesday, with 3,000 more filling the Capitol Rotunda. The labor supporters are protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, which would strip most state and local workers of collective bargaining rights, except when negotiating salary.

The Capitol and surrounding square are being patrolled by Madison police and Dane County Sheriff’s deputies. DOA officials say there were no incidents between protesters and police.

Protesters outside the Capitol started to leave around 1 p.m., but many remained within the Capitol beating drums and occasionally chanting.

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