Hundreds of fast-food protesters arrested while striking against low wages

More than 100 US cities conduct sit-ins and marches outside restaurants to call for a $15 minimum wage

Fast food strike
Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march on Thursday in New York. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

A nationwide protest against low wages in the US fast-food industry culminated in hundreds of arrests on Thursday, as activists stepped up their campaign for higher pay and better benefits for workers at companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC.

Protesters in more than 100 cities including Chicago, New York and Detroit took part in sit-ins and marches outside fast-food restaurants, with many conducting acts of civil disobedience designed to get them arrested.

Many fast-food jobs pay little more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Thursday’s day of action called for a minimum wage of at least $15.

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A worker is detained by police during a protest outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Philadelphia. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP
Fast food protests
Police arrest demonstrators who were protesting for an increase in wages in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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