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Protests held outside City Hall before Nutter delivers budget address

Members of AFSCME District Council 33 started protesting outside City Hall Thursday hours before Mayor Michael Nutter was slated to deliver his Fiscal Year 2015 fiscal budget.

Members of AFSCME District Council 33 started protesting outside City Hall Thursday hours before Mayor Michael Nutter was slated to deliver his Fiscal Year 2015 fiscal budget. Credit: Tommy Rowan Members of AFSCME District Council 33 started protesting outside City Hall Thursday hours before Mayor Michael Nutter was slated to deliver his Fiscal Year 2015 fiscal budget. Credit: Tommy Rowan

Members of AFSCME District Council 33 started protesting outside City Hall Thursday hours before Mayor Michael Nutter was slated to deliver his Fiscal Year 2015 fiscal budget.

Previous reports indicated union members were not permitted to enter council chambers for the address unless invited. Precautions taken after last year's protests during Nutter's address prevented him from finishing.

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Before Nutter entered council chambers City Council President Darrell Clarke announced that union members and other members of the public would be allowed to sit in the balcony section under the pretense that they are not allowed to shout and must remain seated.

If people don't allow Nutter to deliver his address, they'll first be told to keep quiet, and if necessary, told to leave, Clarke said.

"I don't anticipate any problems but I felt I must say that," he said.

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