Crowds have been estimated at up to 70-thousand people in Madison today.
Anti-Walker 65,000+/ Pro-Walker Tea Party <2000
Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker gathered on the east side of the Capitol, surrounded by a much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who since Tuesday have filled the Capitol with chanting, drum-beats and anti-Walker slogans. Walker has proposed requiring government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminating their collective bargaining rights.
Pro-labor activists worried about a confrontation with tea party members trained overnight Saturday at the Capitol in non-violent protest techniques, said Madison resident and protester Chris Terrell said. Groups were taught to remain calm during confrontations and to pay attention to their posture and expression so their intent couldn’t be misconstrued as violent, he said. Protesters dressed in orange vests were designated as “marshals” and told to step in to keep the peace, if needed.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say nearly 70,000 people have converged on the Wisconsin Capitol to join in protests over a Republican bill that would strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights.
According to the Madison Police Department, 60,000 people gathered outside the building with another 8,000 inside…
But here’s the best part:
[H]undreds of tea party supporters staged a counter rally outside the Capitol.