Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Democracy in Action in Madison, WI

[The Capitol is typically open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. But for the past two weeks, protesters have crammed into the rotunda to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, occupying the building 24 hours a day. 

They have turned the historic building into a sort of protest village, complete with first aid centers, scheduled events and child care. Capitol Police started on Friday enforcing a new set of rules for the rotunda, most of them aimed at ending the camp out...
In a statement Monday, DOA officials said police started letting protesters into the building at 8 a.m., but there was no evidence of that until State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, confronted police at around noon. 
Pocan caused a ruckus when he tried to enter through a side door. He was joined by dozens of firefighters, many of them carrying signs in support of union workers.
"You can't stop the function of state government, just because Gov. Scott Walker says so," Pocan yelled through.]  emphasis added

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