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Associated Press, Published November 30 2013

26 arrested for blocking traffic in low-wage march in St. Paul

ST. PAUL — Twenty-six people were arrested for blocking traffic Friday as hundreds of low-wage retail workers marched along a road in Minnesota's capital to demand higher pay on a day when many others were concentrating on their Black Friday holiday spending spree.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said about 400 people participated in the march; organizers estimated nearly 1,000 protesters were part of the rally. The march coincided with other demonstrations, including one at the Brooklyn Center Walmart.

In St. Paul, the arrests came after a group linked arms and blocked an intersection.

Groups collaborating on the protests included Service Employees International Union Local 26, TakeAction Minnesota, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and other labor groups. They said workers deserve higher wages.

Maintenance workers and supporters also banged drums outside the downtown Minneapolis Target store.