MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of people have poured into the Wisconsin state Capitol following a surprise vote by Senate Republicans to pass a bill taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers.
Police gave up guarding one of the main entrances to the Capitol on Wednesday, allowing people to come in unabated. Capitol security repeatedly asked protesters to get off of second floor walkways because they were concerned over their structural security.
The Capitol has been the scene of protests for three weeks, with hundreds of demonstrators spending the night until last week when they left under a court order.
Department of Administration spokesman Tim Donovan says the goal of police is to ensure people's safety.
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