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UPDATE: Capitol evacuated; protesters say they've won

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After more than two weeks, the last of the protesters voluntarily walk out of the Capitol.

Protesters are declaring victory in their fight against Governor Scott Walker and his budget repair bill.

Just after 9:00 p.m., about 50 demonstrators walked out, one by one. Those who could not get into the Capitol, waited outside, for their fellow protesters to walk out.

When the time finally came, they greeted them with hugs, high fives and lots of cheers.

Erika Wolf has slept in the Capitol for the past two weeks. She says, "This is pretty incredible, we walk out with moral high ground. People vs. Scott Walker. People 1, Scott Walker 0. We won a victory today. we haven't broken the law haven't done any unconstitutional we stood our ground stated our case and we won today."

Wolf goes on to say, "People have been so supportive. A lot of the people standing out here. I walked up and hugged them because they've been in there with us and they couldn't' get in for the last few days so this is us being united with family and friends and people who stood by us."

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Protesters say the fact that the Capitol will be open for business hours means they've won the battle.

Judge John Albert ruled in Dane County court this evening that the policy on access to the Capitol needs to return to the way it was in late January, which allows for people inside during regular businesses hours and during hearings. The judge ruled that no one is allowed to sleep in the Capitol.

The union attorney says the Capitol will remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday for cleaning. She tells 27 News that she's okay with the decision and is going to talk protesters into leaving.

27 Colby Robertson will have the latest on WKOW.com and on m.wkow.com.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Capitol police chief is asking protesters to voluntarily leave tonight.

The crowd is being told that a recent court order will ask them to evacuate.

They are being told that protesters who do not leave the Capitol tonight will face the possibility of arrest. Some of the protesters are expressing a willingness to be arrested.

The crowd is chanting "please stand down."

Stay with WKOW.com and m.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Capitol police say about 510 people have gone inside the Capitol to see constituents, attend hearings, or committee meetings, as of 4:30 p.m.

Capitol access policies established Monday, Feb. 28, remains in effect Thursday, Capitol police say, with improvements made to the way the building can be entered.

Capitol police say all other visitors wishing to enter the Capitol building will be admitted on a 'one-out, one-in basis' as visitors already inside the building leave to create space for new visitors.

Authorities say these procedures were established Feb. 28, to balance the interest of visitors who wish to enter the building with the state's responsibility to ensure public safety and building security.

 

 

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