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St Paul: About 30 arrested seeking justice for Walmart workers

By Kim DeFranco |
November 30, 2013
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Banners at St Paul Walmart protest.
Banners at St Paul Walmart protest. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Hundreds protest at St Paul Walmart.
Protesters shortly before arrest.
Hundreds protest at St Paul Walmart. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Protesters shortly before arrest. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

St. Paul, MN - Black Friday protests are happening across the country today. Around 500 people took to the streets at the Midway Shopping Center here, Nov. 29, chanting, “Poverty wages have to go!”

The rally was organized by OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, Service Employees International Union, Take Action MN, Saint Cloud Workers Center and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy.

People marched through the shopping center, which brought the protest to the front doors of Walmart. A striking Walmart employee stated that not only do they work for low wages at the store but they are continually disrespected and harassed by management. The march continued into the streets, passing other stores and restaurants chanting, “Walmart, Walmart you are no good, treat your workers like you should,” while onlookers cheered and honked horns. Once the march entered an intersection, people circled around, blocking traffic. The Saint Paul police gave warnings to disperse but all stayed. About 30 people were arrested.