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Capitol Police Arrest Protesters

Mike Conroy

Capitol Police Arrest Protesters

CREATED Jul. 24, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police have arrested about 20 people in the state Capitol in their first crackdown on daily protesters since a federal judge ruled large groups need a permit to gather in the building.

A group of hard-core protesters has been gathering in the Capitol rotunda almost daily for more than two years to sing songs bashing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The governor's administration adopted an access policy that required permits for any organized activity in the building. U.S. District Judge William Conley earlier this month issued an injunction stating no group of less than 20 needs a permit.

The singers gathered as usual on Wednesday. Capitol Police and state troopers appeared and warned the group the gathering was unlawful. They then began handcuffing people and leading them away.

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