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Tent city Walker protest close to being erected in front of capital

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The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.
The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Madison city panel granted a permit Friday for a protest village near the State Capitol this month.

But the committee told leaders of the so-called “Walkerville” that most tents will have to come down during daytime business hours. That’s so people can visit the nearby shops without the protest village getting in the way.

The camp hopes to attract thousands of protestors on the weekends from tomorrow night through June 20th, to show their opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget and spending cuts.

At today’s committee meeting, downtown business people spoke against “Walkerville,” while a staffer for Madison’s mayor and two other officials supported the camp.

Co-organizer David Boettcher said up to 30 tents would occupy the site every night – and he does not believe all of them would come down during the day, as the city insists. He said it would violate the spirit of the protests.

The state will be asked this afternoon to grant a permit, and a Dane County official said she would help arrange in getting it.

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