Protesters Leave Madison

The final group of pro-union protesters left Wisconsin's Capitol peacefully late Thursday night, after a judge ordered their removal.

The judge ruled that activists could not stay in the building overnight, but he ordered authorities to end the lockdown on the building and restore normal access by Monday morning, leading some activists to hail the decision as a victory, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Protesters opposed to Gov. Scott Walker budget plans had occupied the building for more than two weeks.

With a final group hug and a rousing rendition of "Solidarity Forever," the last large group of demonstrators left the state Capitol Thursday night, hours after a judge ordered their removal.

The more than two-week occupation ended peacefully, as Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs gently prodded and patiently waited for around 50 of the last holdout protesters to file out of the rotunda.