Smaller, Disruptive Protests Now Hit WI Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Smaller groups of protesters are disrupting the Wisconsin Legislature after a brief lull in action from the thousands of protesters who swarmed the Capitol for over a month in opposition to GOP Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill.

A dozen protesters chanted, "Stand up, fight back" in the Senate gallery on May 11, forcing the Senate to recess while protesters were removed. Much the same occurred in the Assembly as the body passed the voter ID bill. A repeat of events occurred throughout the past week, ending with protesters crashing a news conference held by Senate Republicans following the passage of the voter ID bill.

The tactics have irritated both Democrats and Republicans.

Capitol police have arrested several protesters, but it has not deterred a core group that keeps returning.

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