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100,000 Wisconsinites marched against the GOP's union busting scheme Saturday, braving falling snow and a bitter 17 degree temperature.

Hundreds of cities across the nations held simultaneous demonstrations in solidarity with their Badger brethren.

Madison police reported to the Gannett News Service that the crowd exceeded 100,000 in size, without a single arrest occurring at the rally.

Gannett also reported several hundred off duty police officers and deputies joined the protesters.

Security for the rally was provided by 700 off duty state troopers and marshals who volunteered their time.

A spokesperson for the Madison police department described the protesters as a "very civil group".

Imagine that:

100,000 protesters and not a single incident.

100,000 protesters and not a single racial epithet.

100,000 protesters and no one brought a gun.

100,000 protesters and not a misspelled sign.

Protesters as far as the eye could see.

In a heart tugging moment, 100,000 demonstrators sung an A Capella version of the national anthem.
Reads: "Koch Brothers' Dirty Money"

I could do another photo diary just on the vast nationwide demonstrations (this is from Pittsburgh).

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Originally posted to Al Rodgers on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:59 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town, Badger State Progressive, Photography, and Progressive Hippie.

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