MINNEAPOLIS - Nearly two dozen protesters were detained after blocking a busy intersection in Minneapolis during Tuesday rush hour.
Minneapolis Police spokesman Scott Seroka confirms that 21 demonstrators were taken into custody and released following the incident, which took place near the McDonald's on Nicollet Avenue and West 24th Street in Uptown. Seroka says the protesters were cooperative, and says if they are cited it will be for public nuisance.
The demonstration was part of a larger effort across the nation by fast food workers fighting for a wage of $15 per hour.
“We are out here today on strike and risking arrest,” said Steven Suffridge, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) member and McDonald’s employee. “We have been organizing for a few years now and have won raises in cities all across America. Here in the Twin Cities we have won paid sick days and will continue to fight until we win $15 and a union. I am willing to be arrested today to let corporations and elected officials know that we are going to keep fighting until we win!”
Organizers say the strikes and protests in Minneapolis are part of a nationwide day of disruption that includes McDonald’s and other fast-food workers walking off their jobs in 340 cities from coast to coast.
CTLU and other labor organizations will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.