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Walker visits, protestors line 17th Ave


By Bonnie Shelton

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Governor Scott Walker's unexpected trip to Wausau Saturday morning drummed up protesters on 17th Avenue.

"He knows it's not popular what he did, he knows it's not the will of the people, and I find it very contemptuous of the governor to sneak in back doors," said AFSCME Staff Representative John Spiegelhoff.

According to the Plaza Hotel's general manager, Walker was escorted out a back door after speaking to people at a snowmobile conference inside.

Calls to Walker's office for comment after he left the building were not returned.

The Governor's lack of availability left some pro-union supporters sour.

"This is not how we work with each other in Wisconsin. It's just wrong," said long-time Stevens Point teacher Vic Akemann. He headed north to stand with others unhappy with the loss of collective bargaining rights.

He was shocked to see the bill published by the Legislative Reference Bureau on Friday. "My jaw dropped. I couldn't believe it." It's still unclear what the publishing of the bill means for Wisconsin.

People at the protest banged on homemade drums and rang bells, all while chanting familiar slogans to show their disapproval of the current administration.

Spiegelhoff said plans are in motion to shift the way things are headed.

"The recalls are coming. Right now, we're well ahead according to what I've heard of getting the signatures. We're going flip the senate," he said.

Meanwhile, people across north central Wisconsin continue to exercise their right to assemble.

"This is where the power is. People coming together, community coming together," said Akemann.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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