More than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in downtown L.A. Thursday night fir protesting what they called the retailer's "poverty wages."
Surrounded by 100 police officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling above, organizers claim this was the largest act of civil disobedience in Walmart history.
The 54 arrestees, with about 500 protesting Walmart workers, clergy and supporters, obtained a permit to demonstrate outside LA's Chinatown Walmart.
Those who refused police orders to clear the street after the permit expired were arrested without incident. Those who fail to post $5,000 bail were jailed overnight.
Their primary demand to Walmart: pay every full-time worker at least $25,000 a year.