FAIRFAX, Va, November 29, 2013 — FairfaxCounty police officers arrested 9 protesters in front of a Wal-Mart in FairfaxVirginia this morning while shoppers headed in and out of the store looking for Black Friday deals.
The protesters were there as part of a national demonstration taking part at many Wal-Mart stores across the country, to speak out against what the protesters see as unfair working conditions facing the employees of many big box retailers across the country, including Walmart.
A Police spokesperson issued a statement saying that organizers from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union had meant for protestors to be arrested, and that they had come quietly.
Protestors chose Black Friday because they saw it as the best opportunity to call attention to their cause. They are asking Wal-Mart to pay workers a wage of at least $25,000 a year.
“Wal-Mart is a multi billion dollar corporation and I know they can do more with what they’re doing,” protestor Isaah Beamon told local news station WJLA.
Nationwide, protestors gathered at 1,500 Wal-Mart locations today. Black Friday shoppers in the DC Metro area would have seen them in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Prince George’s County.
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