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Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 12:00 am

MADISON, Wis. -- Those against Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal are settling in for the long haul, pitching tents at Capitol Square.

WISC-TV reported Sunday that protesters are calling their tent city "Walkerville," named after the "Hooverville" shantytowns set up during the Great Depression.

Overnight camping is being allowed along parts of Carroll and Mifflin streets. The protesters will have access to portable toilets and hand washing stations, and several businesses sell food in the area.

Protester Karen Tuerk said the budget is a war on working families and the middle class.

Coopers Tavern owner Peter McElvanna said he's not worried about the protesters. He said it's important that people stand up for their rights.

Organizers are planning to stay until a budget is passed. They estimate it will be 17 days.

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