Wisconsin singing protesters granted three-day permit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration has granted protesters a permit to gather in the state Capitol for three days next month.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says Tom Kasper of Madison requested a permit for the singers. The application asked for a permit with no end date.

Huebsch said in a letter to Kasper that DOA interpreted the application for a perpetual permit. Huebsch said that would conflict with other uses in the Capitol but did grant the request for Sept. 9, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.

Protesters have been gathering in the Capitol rotunda for more than two years. They refuse to get a permit because they feel they're exercising their free speech rights. Police launched a crackdown on them last month and have made scores of arrests.

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