23 people arrested during Tampa minimum wage protest

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Tampa say they arrested 23 demonstrators for blocking the road in Ybor City Tuesday evening. The demonstration was peaceful, and no one sustained injuries, according to the Tampa Police Department.

There was no property damage, either, police said.

The demonstration was an appeal for a minimum wage increase. It started after 5 p.m. at Centennial Park and moved toward 7th Avenue. Those assembled moved down 22nd Street before turning west to 21st Street.

The “demonstrators were arrested when they refused to leave a roadway where they were blocking traffic,” a police department spokesperson said. “After being allowed to block the roadway for a short time, the demonstrators were notified three times – in English and in Spanish – that if they didn’t clear the road they would be arrested.”

Most of the demonstrators moved. The 23 people who were arrested did not, police said. Police gave those who were arrested notices to appear and released them on their own recognizance.

“After the demonstration returned to the park, some demonstrators thanked officers for keeping them safe and offered officers bottles of water,” police said.

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