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Protests at State Capitol keep law enforcement busy

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The rallies both outside and inside the State Capitol kept law enforcement busy Monday.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety monitored protesters in the Capitol Rotunda. They roped off a section in the middle for protesters.

People wearing blue were Pro-Life supporters. They sang Amazing Grace while standing on the second and third floors.

People wearing orange were Pro-Choice supporters and chanting, "Hey, hey women haters, we are not your incubators!"

DPS troopers asked those who weren't inside the rope to move inside the rope. They told protesters it was for their safety. One Occupy Austin protester didn't buy that.

"The officer was telling me if was safer in the middle of the room and I don't feel safer standing in the middle of a crowded room than I do standing against a wall in a crowded room," said Occupy Austin protester Lainie Duro.

Mia Iceman was visiting the Capitol.

"I think that's kind of weird and I don't understand the point of it because everyone is being really peaceful and there are both sides in the roped off area so it seems like they want to see a fight in there," said Iceman.

Extra troopers manned all the Capitol entrances inside. Outside, troopers worked crowd control. They tried to keep the South steps clear. Troopers were also on bikes. Plus, Austin police and Houston police were on horseback. Something else Iceman didn't like.

"I think it sucks because the horse pooped and it smells and it's not nice for anyone whether you're Pro-Choice or Pro-Life," said Iceman.

APD was on alert which means every officer had to be in uniform just in case something happened. APD's Special Response Team was also out monitoring the outdoor crowds. It's the unit specialized in dealing with riots and crowd management.

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