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Walmart workers protest against retaliation and in favor of higher wages

Hundreds of Walmart employees and their supporters took to the streets of Pico Rivera, California, Thursday night, protesting against alleged retaliation by the company stemming from grassroots efforts to raise wages.

Protesters from across the country went on Twitter and used #walmartstrikers to post photos from different demonstrations. In Pico Rivera, the crowd sat down in the middle of a busy intersection, and dozens were taken into custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One woman told KTLA she was protesting Walmart "retaliation" and didn't care if she was arrested. "We have a lot of associates who spoke up and were fired, and we need to stop it," she said.

OUR Walmart, a group supported by a union, is asking the company to pay $15 an hour and ensure that employees receive consistent full-time hours.