Civility Reigns In Mad City – Madison Praises Protesters

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Workers' Rights Supporter In Madison Wisconsin - Photo by Natalie Rosen

Workers' Rights Supporter In Madison Wisconsin - Photo by Natalie Rosen

The elements for violence were present in Madison, Wisconsin. Two sides with passionate opposing views flooding a Capitol building that had a heightened police presence. The world was watching to see what would happen.

But unlike Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the land of Cheese is also the land of civility. Tea Party supporters of Governor Scott Walker’s proposed anti-union law marched side-by-side with supporters of workers rights. No arrests. No incidents.

That’s not to say there weren’t heated discussions and tense moments. At 2 AM Sunday police took down some signs inside the protester occupied state capitol building in an effort to clean up a bit from a week of round-the-clock protests. Protesters voluntarily took down some of the signs to help with keeping the building orderly.

The City of Madison took note of the civility by issuing this press release:


Law Enforcement Praises Protesters’ Conduct

On behalf of all the law enforcement agencies that helped keep the peace on the Capitol Square Saturday, a very sincere thank you to all of those who showed up to exercise their First Amendment rights. You conducted yourselves with great decorum and civility, and if the eyes of the nation were upon Wisconsin, then you have shown how democracy can flourish even amongst those who passionately disagree. As of 5:00 p.m., no major incidents had been reported. There have been no arrests. However, discourse and discussion was – at times – loud and heated. That was to be expected. As previously indicated, the goal of law enforcement has been to provide a safe environment for democracy to take place. That goal has been realized for yet another day.

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