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WI to close capitol building to protesters

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Thousands of demonstrators who have occupied the Capitol [#173] for nearly two weeks will have to leave by 4 p.m. Sunday, state Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said Friday.

In a statement, Tubbs said the building will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. The Capitol police will then more closely monitor the number of people in the building.

Oh, really? Who does the State Capitol belong to, anyhow?

The statement said protest organizers agreed to remove items from the building, which has been cluttered with sleeping bags and mattresses as well as hundreds of signs and posters.

As opposed to being "cluttered" with lobbyists, legacy party weasels, Kochistas, and so forth.

Walls throughout the building have been plastered with signs denouncing Gov. Scott Walker and his budget-repair plan that on some days has drawn tens of thousands of protesters and counterdemonstrators to the Capitol.

Distortion: That should read "tens of thousands of protesters and a few hundred counterdemonstrators."

"We are closing the Capitol for a short period of time for public health [evidence, please] reasons, as well as for general building maintenance," Tubbs said. ....

Earlier Friday, a flier was distributed to police patrolling the building saying that "soft items" were to be removed beginning at 4 p.m. Among the items to be removed were tables, folding chairs, large boxes, mattresses, food, coolers, extension cords, easels and slow cookers and other cooking appliances. The flier also stated that "animals/snakes (exception: service animals)" were banned.

Now we know what to bring. But Jeebus, people, don't bring animals!

Before the announcement that the Capitol would close Sunday, Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said Walker should keep the building open and allow the protesters to stay.

Palmer's statement said "the protesters are cleaning up after themselves and have not caused any problems."

Any items left in the building after 4 p.m. Sunday will be taken to a designated lost and found within the Capitol for people to claim before 6 p.m. March 4.

Not sure what the next move is.

One clear difference, though: The WI protesters were self-organizing. The Baltigaya hired by Koch just know how to fake a few handmade signs and troll the comment sections of our famously free press. The difference is pretty stark and bodes well for the left.

NOTE Not sure what the next move should be, except that I think there's no point polluting the public relations win by being dragged out. The object needs to be to keep the Ds in line so they don't cave. Maybe the work of protest in the Capitol is done. No doubt this is being discussed...

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