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24 more citations issued to Capitol protesters Thursday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Capitol Police issued 24 more citations Thursday, in the second week of a crackdown on a group that refuses to get a state permit for its anti-Walker sing-alongs.

Twenty-three tickets were given to members of the Solidarity Singers for not having permits. Two people were cited twice, and one was ticketed for obstructing officers.

The group has held almost daily sing-alongs since the massive pro-union protests at the State Capitol in 2011. Its leaders say they shouldn’t have to get a permit to carry out their free-speech rights.

Last month, Federal Judge William Conley upheld most of the Walker administration’s permit policy.

The crackdown on the Solidarity Singers began soon after that, with over 140 tickets issued in all. The judge said it’s okay to require permits for groups of 20 or more.

The original Walker policy required permits for groups of 4 or more.