Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Livestream from Madison

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This is fascinating - not only that they have stormed the Capitol in Wisconsin, but the fact that I can embed the video stream right here and watch it.

Thousands of protesters rushed to the state Capitol Wednesday night as word spread of the hastily called votes that sent Gov. Scott Walker's controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers speeding through the Legislature.

Shortly after 8 p.m., hundreds of protesters gathered outside the locked King Street entrance to the Capitol, chanting "Break down the door!" and "General strike!"

Moments later, police ceded control of the State Street doors and allowed the crowd to surge inside. The area outside the Assembly, which is scheduled to take the bill up at 11 a.m. Thursday, was jammed with protesters who chanted, "We're not leaving. Not this time."

At some point they shut them off, because they just showed an attempt by protesters outside to enter through a window in the men's bathroom, where the windows have been jammed with screws to prevent them from lifting (fire laws? hello?). Cop came in and threw everyone out. Another scene had chants of "let them in" as cops blocked the doors.

Cheers out in the hall, chants start and stop...

The revolution may not be televised, but it sure as hell will be on the internet.

11:00PM: Guy tells the camera that police have closed all the bathrooms, and are telling people that if they want to go to the bathroom, they have to leave the building. And then they can't come back in. Um, that could get very... messy... to say the least.

Off to bed. Good luck folks.