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Groups Rally In St. Paul To Support Wis. Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- About 1,000 people gathered at the state Capitol in St. Paul to help protest the Wisconsin governor's plan strip most public workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights.

They are part of rallies expected in all 50 states Saturday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's contends the legislation is necessary to deal with the state's budget deficit.

Attendees chanted "Enough," and waived signs like "Workers rights are human rights" and "United we bargain, divided we beg."

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat, was among the speakers at the rally. He encouraged people to stick together and keep up the fight.

A small group of Walker supporters also showed up holding signs.

Protests at the Wisconsin state Capitol have been going on for nearly two weeks.

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