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.
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