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No Arrests Today in Capitol

No Arrests Today in Capitol
Posted July 31st, 2013 @ 3:12pm by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ There have been no apparent arrests during the daily sing along inside the Wisconsin Capitol, even though protesters gathered yet again without the required permit.

Capitol Police watched but did not appear to engage with any of the 50 or more protesters Wednesday inside the rotunda. In the past week, police have issued more than 120 tickets, mostly for gathering without a permit.

Protesters say they have a free speech right to gather without a permit, even though a federal judge said the state can require it for groups larger than 20.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, which oversees Capitol Police, did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

Police last week were videotaping protesters so they could issue tickets later in the mail.

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