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Wisconsin state employee stabs protester's balloon with knife, cuts own hand

The man stabbing the balloon accidentally stabbed himself.
The man stabbing the balloon accidentally stabbed himself.

A Wisconsin protester was posing with a heart-shaped balloon at the state Capitol yesterday afternoon when a state employee walked over and began "stabbing" her balloon, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

That's one way to break up a demonstration.

Unfortunately, the man got a bit carried away and by the end of the incident, he was bleeding.

Leslie Peterson is part of a group of protesters who have been coming down to the state Capitol in protest of Governor Scott Walker's anti-union regime. The group eats lunch under the dome and sings "Solidarity Forever," then unleashes heart-shaped balloons into the building.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, one of the ballons was stuck in the Capitol Rotunda for months, and was recently picked up by the Wisconsin Historical Society for a future exhibition on Governor Walker.

Petersen told the press that the state employee, who has not been publicly named, "was stabbing the balloon" on the ground.

When she asked the employee for his name and went to pick up the "carcass," he shoved her into a door.

Protesters claim to have seen him accidentally stab his own hand. The employee bled all over, leaving blood outside the state Supreme Court and in the East Wing of the Capitol.

But a Wisconsin Department of Administration spokesperson told the Journal that he claimed to have "slipped on the stairs and cut his hand" before stabbing the balloon.


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