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Police Handcuffed Dozens Of Fast Food Workers Demanding Higher Wages In New York And Detroit

Updated: Fast food workers in Boston's protest were also arrested. Thursday's protests planned in 150 cities across the U.S. are part of the "Fight for $15" campaign.

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Update — Police in Boston arrested eight fast food workers and one organizer for blocking traffic at an intersection sometime after noon.

Police arrest Boston fast food workers conducting sit-in (pic via @massuniting) http://t.co/a741M2MOgq

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Police in Detroit and New York handcuffed dozens of protestors demanding higher wages for fast food workers on Thursday.

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A protester demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers is arrested by police near Times Square on Sept. 4.

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Local media in Detroit reported that at least 25 to 40 people were arrested as a large group of protestors blocked an avenue outside a McDonald's restaurant.

#BREAKING: 72 @detroitpolice officers are here now. Close to 40 arrests made. Live report at 7:30am

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#BREAKING: 72 @detroitpolice officers are here now. Close to 40 arrests made. Live report at 7:30am

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More arrests outside of Mc Donald's 56th street. Follows 19 in AM. Calls for $15 an hour min wage.

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More arrests outside of Mc Donald's 56th street. Follows 19 in AM. Calls for $15 an hour min wage.

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Detroit police said they arrested protestors for preventing traffic from passing through.

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Police warned protestors blocking Mack Avenue to either move or face arrest, CBS Detroit reported.

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Two strikers arrested for blocking traffic. #strikefastfood

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Two strikers arrested for blocking traffic. #strikefastfood

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Thursday's protests, planned across 150 cities in the U.S., are part of the "Fight for $15" campaign which demands fast food workers be paid a minimum of $15 per hour.

The workers are also demanding the right to form a union without retaliation.

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Carmen Burley-Rawls, left, demonstrates outside a Burger King restaurant in Atlanta.

Boston fast food workers sit in the intersection of Mill and Washington Sts #SrikeFastFood

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Boston fast food workers sit in the intersection of Mill and Washington Sts #SrikeFastFood

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Large groups of protestors chanted and held signs in English and Spanish as they blocked streets in front of fast food restaurants.

Organizers said Thursday's protests were planned as a non-violent civil disobedience movement.

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The idea of civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to their cause emerged when 1,300 workers held a convention in Chicago in July.

They make anywhere between $15,000 to $19,000 a year for 40 hours a week. Most of them earn little over the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

President Obama brought attention to the campaign in a speech on Labor Day.

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Obama said fast food workers were organizing the national movement to raise their wages "so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity." "If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union," he said.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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