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Fri Sep 5, 2014, 12:19 AM

Five arrested in Houston fast food wages protest

Five protesters were arrested Thursday afternoon in front of a McDonalds in Southwest Houston as part of a one-day protest in 150 cities to boost the minimum wage of fast food workers to $15 an hour.

In a scene that has become increasingly familiar, Houston police were standing nearly with an armful of handcuffs and as soon as the protesters flooded into the intersection and sat down in the middle of the roadway, the police began making the arrests.

The intersection of Richmond and Fountainview was cleared in less than 10 minutes.

The five protesters who were arrested will be charged with blocking traffic, a Class B misdemeanor, according to several police officers on site. The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor is up to 180 days in jail, a fine up to $2,000 or both.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Houston-workers-join-national-minimum-wage-protest-5732954.php

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