Capitol police cite 7 for holding banners during blood drive

MADISON  (AP) -- Seven protesters have been issued citations by Wisconsin state Capitol police for holding banners during a Red Cross blood drive.

Capitol Police said in a statement Wednesday, September 5th the protesters were cited for unlawful display of a sign because they did not have a permit to display the banners, while the Red Cross had received a permit for its event.

The police say some protesters voluntarily put away their banners when asked, but the seven who were cited did not.

Protesters generally opposing Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans have been a regular presence in the Capitol for more than a year. The new Capitol Police chief said last week he is going to be more aggressive in enforcing requirements that those protesting in the building have permits.

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