Activists arrested at Ybor City wage protest

Tampa police said 23 protesters were arrested Tuesday for refusing to leave a roadway in Ybor City, but otherwise the demonstration was peaceful.

The demonstration, organized by activists seeking a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers, began at Centennial Park at 5 p.m. The protesters marched toward 7th Avenue, then down 22nd Street. Just short of Interstate 4, the demonstrators turned west to 21st Street, then many sat down blocking the road near a McDonald's.

After being allowed to block the roadway for a short time, the demonstrators were notified three times --  in English and in Spanish -- that if they didn't clear the road they would be arrested, police said. Most moved to the sidewalk.

At 6 p.m., the 23 who remained in the roadway were arrested without incident or resistance, police said. Most were given notices to appear and released on their own recognizance.

After the demonstration returned to the park, some demonstrators thanked officers for keeping them safe and offered officers bottles of water, police said.

(© 2017 WTSP)


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