UPDATE: Arrests Resume in Wisconsin Capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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UPDATE: Thurs 4:10 PM, Aug 01, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The police crackdown on singers who gather nearly every work day in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda is now in its second week.

Police on Thursday were arresting the protesters who have been singing anti-Gov. Scott Walker songs for more than two years in the Capitol. The latest crackdown on the singers began July 24 and since then more than 120 tickets for gathering without a permit have been issued by police under the control of Walker's administration.

The singers argue they don't need a permit to exercise their free speech rights. But a federal judge said last month the state can require permits for groups larger than 20.

About 50 singers gathered in the rotunda Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 3:18 PM, Jul 24, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration says Capitol Police cited nearly two dozen people who gathered in the building's rotunda to sing.

Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says 22 people received citations for not having a permit. Three of the 22 received two citations.

One person was also cited for disorderly conduct for allegedly spitting on a singer.

Capitol Police launched a crackdown on the so-called Solidarity Singers on Wednesday, two week after a federal judge ruled large groups need permits to gather in the Capitol.

The singers have been meeting in the rotunda almost daily for two years to protest Republican policies.

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