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Veterans for Peace member arrested during protest sing-along Wednesday

Solidarity singers in the state capitol.
Solidarity singers in the state capitol.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A member of the Veterans for Peace was arrested Wednesday, after members of his group went to the State Capitol to support the Solidarity Singers.

Capitol Police issued 15 more citations Wednesday, resulting from a refusal by the anti-Walker singers to get a permit for their almost daily noon-time sing-alongs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the arrested member of the Veterans for Peace had his group’s flag confiscated – and that spurred another member to yell and point at officers. Also, a woman sat down and refused to move – but she later got up and left before she could be arrested.

State Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach of Middleton told the Wisconsin Radio Network that Governor Scott Walker was being a, “big bully” in the way his administration is handling the matter.

Erpenbach said it’s disturbing that Capitol Police are handcuffing, searching, and photographing people for what’s essentially a municipal ticket. He also criticized the idea of threatening observers with arrest if they don’t keep moving.

The police actions have gone on for two weeks, since Federal Judge William Conley upheld most of the administration’s policy that requires permits for Capitol gatherings with 20 or more people. 

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