Madison protests: What Wisconsin's activists have to say about the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

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Feb. 22 2011 4:03 PM

"Screw Us and We Multiply"

What Madison's protesters have to say about the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.

Read more of David Weigel's report from the Wisconsin protests.

Slide Show: "Screw Us and We Multiply." Click image to launch.

For eight days, protesters have been holed up inside the Wisconsin state capitol and have built a friendly, rollicking, noisy little community. If they don't have sticks attached to their protest signs, they can bring them inside, where they typically tape those signs to the walls, to stay up until the tape gives out. These photos were taken on Monday afternoon in and around the capitol. One strong theme: angst and anger about the influence of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire donors to conservative causes. Another: concern over the Tea Party, which staged a rally in Madison on Sunday. Not a theme, but a trend now part of every protest: the quick adoption of pop-culture memes and references. Finally, this being a liberal college town in Wisconsin, no protest would be complete without at least one tribute to Robert "Fighting Bob" LaFollette.

Click here to view a slide show on protest signs in Wisconsin.

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