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Police In Durham Arrest 26 At Fast Food Protests

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Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside a McDonald's. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside a McDonald’s. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police in Durham arrested 26 people for blocking traffic during a rally in support of higher wages for fast-food workers.

A statement said the protest started at a McDonald’s in downtown Durham on Thursday as part of a nationwide rally to get fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said protesters sat in the street on the downtown loop in front of McDonald’s, leading officers to block part of the loop.

Michael said the protesters then blocked an intersection before marching to another area, where they sat in the street and blocked traffic. She said the protesters were arrested approximately three hours after the rally began.

The Charlotte Observer reported about 20 fast-food workers walked off their jobs in Charlotte to protest.

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