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Police arrest 13 for not leaving Capitol


MADISON (WKOW) -- Capitol Police arrested 13 people on Thursday for not leaving the Capitol when it closed at 6 p.m.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs says at about 5:45 p.m. people rallying outside asked if they could walk through the building as part of their protest against Gov. Scott Walker.

They assured him, they would be out by the time the building closed.

Most people left, but a group of 13 sat down in the middle of the Capitol and refused to leave.

Capitol Police spent about an hour waiting and asking protesters to leave, before dragging people out one by one at about 7 p.m.

"After numerous pleads and requests to the general public, they left cooperatively. We had small group that decided to stay," Tubbs said.

Police arrested 12 adults and one minor. They will face unlawful assembly charges, and some will also be charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

Earlier in the day - AFSCME and other unions were marching from Library Mall to the Capitol.

Thursday was the first day state workers got their pay cuts since Gov. Walker's budget repair bill.

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