Arrests resume in Wisconsin Capitol
Arrests of noontime singers resume in Wisconsin Capitol
MADISON, Wis. — 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.