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The number of protesters grew from hundreds at the beginning of the week to thousands by Friday. The State Patrol estimated 7,000 people gathered outside the main legislative building, while labor-group leaders put the figure at thousands more.
In earlier protests and rallies, demonstrators have been sleeping overnight on the hard marble floor of the Capitol, and more than a dozen protesters were arrested on Thursday after trying to storm Gov. Chris Gregoire's office. A handful of young protesters were still in the Capitol rotunda Friday night with sleeping bags to stay overnight.