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Several detained in Las Vegas fast-food wage protest

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Handcuffed protestors chant for increased wages at fast food restaurants Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police detained several protesters in cities nationwide Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

LAS VEGAS — Organizers say several people were detained after they briefly blocked traffic on the Las Vegas Strip in a push for $15-an-hour wages.

Laura Martin of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada said perhaps 9 or 10 demonstrators were taken into custody early Thursday. Police say they planned to cite the protesters for being in the roadway and then release them.

About 100 people joined in the demonstration near the Mirage casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Organizers say the workers are seeking better pay and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Similar protests were scheduled in cities around the country.

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