MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is urging Wisconsin residents to fight Republican-backed efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
Moore spoke to thousands of people during a rally Saturday outside the Wisconsin Capitol, where demonstrators are nearing their third straight week of protests.
The crowd roared in approval as Moore implored protesters to keep up their struggle against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, comparing their fight to Egypt's revolt.
Moore says the wealthy have overreached, first taking the working class' money and then taking their souls by shutting them up at the bargaining table.
Walker has said the legislation is needed to help ease a state deficit projected to hit $3.6 billion by mid-2013. A Democratic senator says negotiations with the GOP broke down last this week.
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