Mining Protesters Cleared Out Of Assembly Chamber

Assembly Republicans cleared dozens of protesters from the chamber’s galleries after they disrupted debate on a contentious mining bill on Thursday.

As the body began arguing over the bill on Thursday afternoon, demonstrators hurled obscenities at Republicans from the Assembly’s overhead galleries under the cover of group coughs and throat-clearing.

Assembly President Pro Tem Bill Kramer, a Waukesha Republican, threatened to clear the galleries but stopped short after a band of protesters left voluntarily.

About two hours later, more protesters draped a massive banner over a gallery railing that read “Bury the Bill.” Someone yelled out “Fascists!”

Kramer then ordered the galleries cleared. Protesters moved from the galleries to outside the chamber, where they banged on the doors and chanted “Shame!”