Protesters are not giving up the fight against Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, with marches and rallies scheduled to continue Friday and Saturday at the State Capitol and on the Capitol Square in Madison.

The protests reached a zenith on Thursday, as thousands of people went to 26 rallies and marches in 18 communities across Wisconsin, in what the state AFL-CIO labor organization called the biggest day of demonstrations outside of Madison in the state's history.

The AFL-CIO is now calling for a march and rally on Friday at noon to protest the lobbying firm of billionaires David and Charles Koch, two of Walker's biggest campaign fund contributors.

The Koch Companies Public Sector LLC office is at 10 E. Doty St. on the Square.

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) also announced the next big statewide rally against the budget repair bill is set for Saturday on the Square, with music beginning at 1 p.m. and a march and rally to follow at 3 p.m.

Madison native and actor Bradley Whitford, who starred on the TV show The West Wing, is scheduled to emcee the rally on Saturday, the SCFL said.

The continuous vigil inside the Capitol Rotunda, which started on Feb. 14, could be ending at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Lawmakers cleared the way for Capitol police to close the statehouse at that time, which is the normal closing time for the building unless there are hearings or legislative sessions scheduled after 6 p.m. (none are on Saturday).


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