As protesters swarmed the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin this week, a local political story has become a national one.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed stripping some collective bargaining rights from public employees--taking away, for instance, their right to strike over issues other than salary--and public employees flocked to the state capitol in droves along with sympathetic protesters, as the state legislature considered his plans. Democratic lawmakers boycotted the session.

Part of the reason this story has gained national attention has been the sheer volume off protesters, swarming the capitol rotunda, camping out, and generally making for striking visuals. Find some of them below.

Thumbnail photo credit: AP Photo/Andy Manis