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5,700 hundred gather for Sunday demonstrations, DOA says

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MADISON (WKOW) -- About 5,700 people gathered to demonstrate at the Capitol Sunday, according to estimates from the Department of Administration.

Most were there to protest the Governor's plan to strip collective bargaining rights from unions.

"The ability to advocate for yourself, to be able to sit at the table and say, 'we would like to suggest these conditions for our workplace,' I think it's a fundamentally democratic principle," said John Jacobson, a teacher from Shorewood High School.

Jacobson has made the drive to Madison 12 times in the last two weeks.

A handful of pro-Walker demonstrators were also on the square, urging support of the governor's plan to close the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit.

"I kind of see what Scott Walker is trying to do," said Kenneth Zimmerman, a private sector worker from Madison.

"The state workers have to take some concessions along with the private sector, a lot of private people like myself don't get the package they get now. I know [state workers] don't feel like they're getting enough, but [Walker]'s just try to trim some of that out, and I'm all for it."

There were no arrests Saturday or Sunday, according to Capitol police.

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