Raw video from the Wisconsin protests: Two protesters who will refuse to leave Capitol

By John Byrne
Sunday, February 27, 2011 18:44 EDT
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Firedoglake took video from an iPhone on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin of two protesters who will refuse to leave the state capitol after police make an effort to clear the building. The state capitol officially closed at 4pm PT / 5pm ET but police have yet to make arrests.

Writes Firedoglake’s David Dayen: “I took some video of two of the protesters who will refuse to leave. Here’s Alex Hanna, a teaching assistant and co-President of the TAA, one of the leaders of the protests:”

Dayen also taped Rabbi Renee Bauer, of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Do you think Hitler would have stepped down if the people of 1930′s Germany staged peaceful protests?

  • Anonymous

    The revolution in Egypt started with the unions. Perhaps we’re learning their lesson – “unions are important”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRCGTVH7SXIVAQMN6VHRMIG6ZM john wilson

    If we do not remember history we are doomed to repeat it. Case in point, in 1933 Hitler did away with unions. A very good poem reads “First They came… – Pastor Martin Niemoller
    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • Anonymous

    And we still have not recruited real candidates to run in place of these arrogant corporate a… h….s..
    We have only 20 months left to recruit them.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Mohammar Walker is hanging onto his regime as he strives to crush the working people. Those are PEOPLE guv, not your subjects. They RUN that state. One good strike and your little “kingdom” is locked up. Dead in the water. TEAdiots, think of that next time you get a drink of water, take your kids to school, turn on the TV, drive on a freeway, State highway, city street or county road. You use PUBLIC utilities, schools and roads. And your 40 hour work weeks, weekends, paid holidays and vactions are UNION inventions….

  • DriveBy

    What did Ronald (God) Reagan have to say about unions?

  • DriveBy

    Teabaggers need to stop being Kochsuckers and start caring about the country as a whole.

  • Taleisin

    If St Ronny was alive today he would explain it was a different matter entirely.
    Embarrassing another country is not the same as allowing your own people the same rights.
    Obama was very vocal about Egypt giving it’s people the right to protest.
    Why hasn’t he come out in support of these protesters?

  • DriveBy

    I think he will. I think Obama is letting this situation, a situation that is waking up a largely apathetic public while exposing the Republican anti-American agenda, play out for as long as it is tearing down Republican Party’s false facade and will weigh in when the time is right.

    I hope I’m reading him, and the situation, right….

  • Taleisin

    I hope you are right too.

  • Hologram5

    I don’t understand why people don’t see the bigger picture here. There’s no more money left to pay the union benefits and pensions. I can’t afford it as a taxpayer. I don’t think he should have taken away their bargaining rights but their plans are unsustainable and there’s no money left for them. They’ll have to tighten their belts and pay into their own plans for a while. Hell, I pay my own IRA and health, why can’t they? It’s not too difficult, we all have to make sacrifices during these troubled times, we have to do this together, we are all in the same leaky boat.