Wisconsin Protest Slumber Party to Stop Sunday
Protesters will have to clear out of the state Capitol by the end of the weekend so custodians can clean the building after days of nonstop demonstrations, officials announced Friday.
It was unclear whether the move could spell the end of demonstrations that have consumed the Capitol for nearly two weeks. Protesters said they would not give up. Some said they would not leave the building.
“Until this issue is resolved, we’ll remain here,” said Madison resident Amanda Postel. “You know what they say, ‘The longer the fight, the longer your chapter in the history books.”‘
The state Department of Administration issued a statement Friday saying the building will close at 4 p.m. Sunday and protesters must be out by then. The building will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m.
Capitol Police will allow protesters to sleep on the building’s ground and first floors overnight Saturday into Sunday, but have asked that they not bring any blankets or sleeping bags into the building beginning Saturday.