By The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. — About 200 protesters have left the Wisconsin Capitol, but many more have remained behind in defiance of a 4 p.m. deadline. Protesters who wanted to peacefully resist the order to vacate the building were told to move to higher floors. Those who left were told to assemble on the ground floor.
Capitol police have been watching the protests, and an Associated Press reporter has not seen them arrest anyone.
Protesters have been sleeping inside the Capitol since Feb. 15. They are fighting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s sweeping anti-union legislation. Walker says the legislation is needed for the state to balance its budget.