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August 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Eight arrested at downtown rally of fast-food workers

Fast food worker strike outside McDonald's near  Westlake Park Thursday afternoon. (Seattle Times photo by Marcus Yam)

Protesters for better wages for fast-food workers gather outside McDonald’s near Westlake Park Thursday afternoon. (Seattle Times photo by Marcus Yam)

Eight protesters were arrested at a rally of fast-food workers in downtown Seattle Thursday evening.

More than 100 people rallied at Westlake Park, marched in a circle at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Pine Street and then marched down the street to congregate in front of the McDonald’s at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street.

The demonstrators were protesting what they said was the theft of wages — having to work without breaks and overtime pay, among other things.  They chanted as eight people sat in the middle of the street with their elbows linked. An estimated 20 officers from the Seattle Police Department were on hand, with the backdoors of the prisoner wagon open.

Police read two orders to disperse, and Sgt. James Dyment approached the seated cluster of protestors to explain the arrest process. When they refused to move, two officers helped each protester stand up, handcuffed them and led them to the prisoner wagon, while those in the crowd cheered.

Comments | Topics: fast-food workers, wage theft, Westlake Park

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