Wal-Mart protesters outside of Fairfax, Virginia, arrested on Black Friday

Nine protesters at Wal-Mart were arrested during a demonstration in Fairfax. Photo: Wal-Mart Protests (Nick Ut, AP)

FAIRFAX, Va, November 29, 2013 — Fairfax County police officers arrested 9 protesters in front of a Wal-Mart in Fairfax Virginia 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.

The 9 arrested protestors were a part of a demonstration of roughly 200 people.

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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