Seven arrested following demonstration for higher pay in downtown Charleston

Credit: WCBD/Lesa Smalls
Credit: WCBD/Lesa Smalls

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Seven people were arrested and charged following a city permitted demonstration for higher pay in downtown Charleston.

The local Fight For $15 Organization held a demonstration on Tuesday, November 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the McDonalds at 230 Spring Street.

According to the Charleston Police Department, during talks with the organizer and the lawyer representing the group, it became clear that members of the group intend to block traffic by standing in the road. The police department encouraged the organizer to refrain from this behavior, according to a news release sent to WCBD News 2.  We’re told the organizer and the lawyer acknowledged they understand that any protester who entered the road to stop traffic could face criminal charges.

The police department announced on social media that the seven people who were arrested were chaged with disorderly conduct for blocking traffic on the Crosstown near Taco Bell.

Workers seeking higher wages have held demonstrations in various states in recent months.

Demands for higher pay may be resonating with more Americans because typical household incomes have been stagnant since the mid-1990s.

Meanwhile, we are working to learn the identity of the people arrested.

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