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Hundreds Protest Outside Capitol During SB 5 Debate
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Outrage this morning following chaos at the Capitol last night, crowds chanting “Let her speak! Let her speak!” well after the filibuster efforts ended, now some five hours later, we still don’t know exactly what’s taken place.
Was there a vote?
Wasn’t there a vote? Was the vote after midnight at the session’s end even legal?
Hundreds of people packed the Senate chamber and Capitol rotunda, but hundreds more also set up on the South Steps, many of whom were unable to get into the Capitol.
With each minute ticking closer to midnight, they came by the dozens to the Capitol’s South Steps, many clad in orange to protest Senate Bill 5, a few in blue to support it, and witness what some saw as history in the making.
Around 11:45 pm Tuesday, with just fifteen minutes to go until the midnight deadline of the special session, DPS stopped letting people into the packed Capitol, and the crowd outside blossomed to more than 200 people.
As 12 am turned to 1 am, uncertainty grew over the outcome, and protestors holding signs led the crowd in a number of chants. While the protest remained peaceful outside, tensions sparked.
Our cameras were rolling as DPS put at least one person in handcuffs.