Hundreds defy order to vacate Wisconsin Capitol

Associated Press
Sean Conard, left, of Green Bay, Wis., and Shyla Deacon of Milwaukee cheer during protests at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Protests to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 12th day. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

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About 200 protesters have left the Wisconsin Capitol, but many more have remained behind in defiance of a 4 p.m. deadline. Protesters who wanted to peacefully resist the order to vacate the building were told to move to higher floors. Those who left were told to assemble on the ground floor.

Capitol police have been watching the protests, and an Associated Press reporter has not seen them arrest anyone.

Protesters have been sleeping inside the Capitol since Feb. 15. They are fighting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's sweeping anti-union legislation. Walker says the legislation is needed for the state to balance its budget.

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