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Singers plan gathering despite arrests

One of the people arrested at the state capitol in Madison on Thursday. One of the people arrested at the state capitol in Madison on Thursday.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Protesters are planning on meeting again Friday at the Wisconsin state Capitol despite two days of arrests for them gathering without a permit.

The only question was whether they would meet outside as they typically do on Fridays or come inside, where Capitol Police arrested 48 people on Wednesday and Thursday for gathering without a permit.

Opinions are mixed on the group's Facebook page.

Supporters and participants in the noontime sing along, which has been going on daily since March 2011, say they are exercising their free speech rights and don't need a permit to gather in the Capitol.

A federal judge ruled earlier this month that the state can require groups larger than 20 to obtain a permit. That led to the new round of arrests this week.

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