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No camping on Capitol lawn


MADISON (WKOW) -- People who have been sleeping on the Capitol lawn for days will have to move Monday or face a fine.

The Department of Administration says their actions violate the state administrative code. The DOA says anyone caught Monday night with a tent or sleeping bag will be cited and removed.

Camping began last week following denied access, and then a ruling by a Dane County judge prohibiting sleeping overnight inside the Capitol.

Some protesters said Monday they would stay the night and work to stay awake instead of sleeping. Others said they would use the night to recuperate and come back out Tuesday.

Still others say all these new rules won't stop them from returning every day.

Barbara Muse, Sun Prairie, says, "I'm not going away. This is an issue that's important to the nation, and right now it's important to Wisconsin." Muse added, "He's trying to silence us, but he's not going to silence us. Now I heard he is moving Walkerville.... he won't be able to stop our voices."

Also new to some at the state Capitol, the DOA removed all signs on the Capitol walls Sunday.

Monday, they announced anyone looking to retrieve a sign removed can do so at 1 West Wilson St., Room B257, beginning Tuesday, March 8, 2001 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The room will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. through Friday.

They also said representatives from the State Historical Society will be there, but won't remove any signs for preservation until after 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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