Striking fast-food workers block Chicago street

Protesters demonstrate at a rally outside a McDonald’s on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — A few hundred fast-food workers demanding their pay be increased to $15 an hour have blocked traffic on a busy Chicago street.

Some of them sat in a row and linked arms in the South Side street between a McDonald’s and a Burger King and chanted, “We shall not be moved.”

After about 20 minutes, police moved in and handcuffed around nearly two dozen people who refused to disperse. Some of them waved as they were led away, drawing cheers from the other protesters.

Similar protests were planned in other cities across the country Thursday.

Police said later that 19 people were taken to an area station, issued citations for blocking traffic and released from custody.

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