Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Police Defy Order to Clear Protesters from Wisconsin Capital

On Monday afternoon, the Capitol Police in Madison, Wisconsin refused to enforce an order to clear the Capitol building of hundreds of peaceful protesters who have been occupying the site to protest Governor Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D), who spent Sunday night in the Capitol building with other protesters. Roys describes what happened at four o’clock on Monday afternoon when the government gave the order to clear the protesters from the building:

And after several hours of the same sorts of scenes that we’ve been seeing all week—singing, chanting, drumming, speechifying—the Capitol police captain, Chief Tubbs, made an announcement, and he said that the protesters that had remained in the building, they were being orderly and responsible and peaceful and there was no reason to eject them from the Capitol.'


1 comment:

  1. "...collective bargaining rights of public employees."

    Hmmmmm, well I'm no Union fan as I already stated in another post on tis site, useless to me personally, however, people have a right, if they want to be part of a Union, to be able to join and use them.

    Also, it had occurred to me that the police refused to take action because they themselves are public employees. Besides, today it's the people at large, tomorrow, police are next. That's like shooting yourself in the foot. Who would do that?


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