Arrests resume in Wisconsin Capitol

Arrests of noontime singers resume in Wisconsin Capitol
Arrests resume in Wisconsin Capitol

The police crackdown on singers who gather nearly every work day in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda is now in its second week.

A DOA spokesperson said 23 no-permit citations were issued and one state violation for obstructing was issued Thursday.

Police 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.