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Union demonstrators given protest training


MADISON (AP) -- Some demonstrators against Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill curtailing state workers' union bargaining rights have been trained to peacefully respond to counter-protests at the state Capitol.

Chris Terrell of Madison says protesters spending the night inside the Capitol rotunda were instructed by union members in advance of the arrival of Tea Party activists. Terrell says demonstrators were taught how to remain calm during confrontations and respond to Tea Party activists with specific talking points. He says union supporters were also told to pay attention to their posture and expressions so their demonstrations can't be construed as violent.

Several protesters, wearing orange vests, were serving as so-called marshals to keep the peace during confrontations.

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