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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Wisconsin protests: Sleepover camp in the capitol (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
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The capitol rotunda. (AP/Andy Manis)

For 14 days, Madison, Wis., has been the seat of protests for many state workers protesting Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for employees of the state. Despite attempts to clear the capitol out, protesters have kept up a round-the-clock presence. The Fix reports that, nationwide, people are siding with the Wisconsin workers, according to a new Pew Poll. While 31 percent side with Walker, 42 percent favor the unions. Here's a look back on the protests:

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Protesters remain outside the capitol despite the lockdown. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A protester is pulled off a ledge at the Wisconsin State Capitol. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
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A sleeping spot in the rotunda. (Andy Manis/AP)
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A protester wakes up Monday morning. (Darren Hauck/Reuters)
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Thi Le, Reese Martinez, Sarah Thomas and C.J. Terrell show off their new tattoos Sunday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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In this Saturday photo, Tonya Lohr Kougl walks down the steps of the state capitol building. (The West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke/AP)

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 1:30 PM ET
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Walker should be applauded for protecting the Taxpayer!
Public employee unions have Stolen Hundreds
of Millions of dollars from taxpayers and used it for Political Purposes, campaigns.
What kind of "Chumps" would ever agree to unions doing this with our taxdollars????
Taxpayers need to demand their money back from the unions.
Maybe our representatives can start working on that.

Posted by: ohioan | March 1, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh my god. What has the union reduced the teaching profession to. These people are supposed to be professionals responsible for teaching your kids. It looks like the same brainwashed pot smoking college freshmen that protest pretty much anything the communist party sends them to.

Posted by: peterg73 | March 6, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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