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22 protesters cited in latest crackdown on Solidarity Singers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Twenty-two protesters received 25 citations Wednesday, as police began to crack down on the Solidarity Singers who’ve refused to get State Capitol permits for their almost daily noon time sing-alongs.

The tickets carry fines of just over $200, and some vowed to challenge them in court.

Liberal Madison radio hosts Dominic Salvia and Mike Crute were among those cited.

Media reports say some were as old as 85. Another person was cited for disorderly conduct, for spitting on one of the singers.

The Solidarity Singers have sung protest songs ever since the massive Capitol protests in 2011 over the law that virtually ended most public union bargaining.

On July 9th, Federal Judge William Conley upheld most of the Walker administration’s permit requirements that were challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union. He increased the size of groups that don’t need permits from 3 to 20.

Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said Conley’s ruling gave the state permission to crack down. Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder said most people would welcome it.

Democrats condemned it. Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar said Wisconsin is telling the rest of the world that people cannot come to their own State Capitol and express themselves.