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19 arrested in fast-food protests in Pennsylvania

September 4, 2014
Associated Press

Nineteen demonstrators were taken away by police in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh after marchers blocked streets while advocating for higher wages for fast-food restaurants.

Police arrested 11 in Philadelphia in Thursday's protest that was part of a national campaign planned for about 150 cities. Eight were arrested in Pittsburgh.

In Philadelphia, more than 100 fast-food workers and their supporters trekked about a mile down Broad Street from a cluster of fast-food restaurants in north Philadelphia to a McDonald's in Center City.

Protesters chanted and held signs advocating for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize without retaliation from their employers. In Pittsburgh, nearly 200 protesters marched up Penn Avenue and stopped outside a McDonald's where they chanted "hold your burgers, hold your fries, make my wages super-sized."

 
 

 

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