13 Mar '11, 5am

Mass protest in US state of Wisconsin over cuts

Mass protest in US state of Wisconsin over cuts

MADISON: Nearly 100,000 people surrounded Wisconsin's capitol to protest Republican moves to undermine unions and slash government services in a battle spreading across the United States. Cheers and bells rang out as farmers riding tractors with signs declaring "Walker's budget = war on workers, middle class" and "pull together -- support working families" slowly circled the towering statehouse which has been the scene of mass protests for weeks now. The battle began when Wisconsin's newly-elected Republican governor Scott Walker proposed a controversial bill to strip public workers of bargaining rights. Republicans in 36 other US states are also pushing for laws that would curtail unions, a major source of financial and mobilizing support for Democrats. While protesters have taken to the streets across the country, the biggest fight has been in Wisconsin where Democrats f...

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