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Surrounded by about 100 police officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling above, more than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night as they sat in the street protesting what they called the retailer's "poverty wages."
Walmart invited HuffPost to speak to a couple associates working in the Chinatown store during the protest Thursday. In the
Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, may be dramatically different this year. Organizers plan a nationwide strike against Walmart, will it work? Alyona Minkovski is joined by guests Kathleen Miles, Colby Harris, Patrick O'Neill and Josh Eidelson to discuss.
Colby Harris, a Walmart employee, describes his resolve to stand strong and strike on Black Friday to send a message to the corporate giant about labor fairness and end "being oppressed."
"Its hard, but it doesnt mean because I got arrested I'm going to stop what I'm doing and working with associates," Rivera
Adding fuel to movement, Walmart announced Thursday that it will kick off its Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving
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Walmart maintains that its Chinatown store, which has been under construction since June, is scheduled to open in early 2013
"There is something really happening here. What we're seeing is that people are learning that they can stand up," Schlademan