Singers hold dueling protests at Capitol

Protesters hold dueling sing-alongs as police continue crackdown

Published On: Jul 29 2013 01:26:53 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2013 01:32:14 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Singers are holding dueling protests at the Wisconsin Capitol.

A loosely organized group of protesters known as the Solidarity Singers sang outside Monday after members were arrested three days in a row last week for failing to get a permit to be inside the building. The group has been holding noon sing-alongs at the Capitol nearly every day for two years.

 There was a permitted event from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, according to a release sent out by The Department of Administration. The permitted event was not interrupted and no citations were issued Monday.

The rotunda was occupied by a largely Republican group that supports the Gov. Scott Walker. Conservative blogger David Blaska says he organized that sing-along to show just how easy it is to get a free permit.

"All citizens should have the same opportunity to share space in the Capitol. Today is an example of how the free permit process works," said Stephanie Marquis, DOA spokesperson.

Capitol police began their crackdown on protesters without permits after a federal judge ruled earlier this month that large groups must have a permit to gather in the building.