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Solidarity Singers get permit from observer to avoid arrests Monday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Solidarity Singers escaped their almost daily arrests at the State Capitol Monday, thanks to a permit obtained by an observer.

Stephanie Marquis of the Walker administration said David Dexheimer of Monona took out a permit for the space Monday.

He told one media outlet his permit allowed up to three people to use a 4x10 foot space in the Rotunda’s first floor gallery – but somehow, the administration agreed to extend it to a much larger group on the ground floor.

A federal judge recently upheld most of the administration’s policy on Capitol protests and gatherings – and the Capitol Police have used that ruling to crack down on the anti-Walker singers.

Around 200 tickets have been issued in recent weeks. 33 of those arrested plan to seek jury trials.

The administration says the permit system is needed to maintain order at the Capitol. The singers say they shouldn’t need government approval to speak out against the government.