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Judge Restores Access To Wisconsin Capitol -- But No Staying Overnight


As WisPolitics reports, former state Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (D), who represented unions in a lawsuit to lift the restrictions, told a cheering crowd: "We won the battle."

In addition, the Department of Administration released new rules Friday morning, with only some restrictions: Sleeping bags and other items are prohibited, protesters must remain in the ground floor rotunda area, and signs can no longer be taped to the walls.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the final clear-out of the building went smoothly last night:

The more than two-week occupation ended peacefully, as Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs gently prodded and patiently waited for around 50 of the last holdout protesters to file out of the rotunda.

"We have to get back to normalcy," Tubbs said. "I'm asking you tonight to please leave."

At 9:58 p.m., about an hour after the main group left, the last five protesters exited the building. No arrests were reported.

Though, as some dramatic video suggests, things didn't go perfectly: Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy was tackled by police as he was apparently trying to enter the building last night.