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Protests lead to arrests

July 20, 2012

HOUSTON, TX — More than a dozen supporters of Houston''s striking janitors were arrested on Wednesday, according to KHOU-TV.

The arrests occurred in the early afternoon hours of Wednesday, where more than 100 people had gathered to support the janitors who have gone on strike over contract negotiations, the article stated.

According to the article, those taken in to custody were arrested for "civil disobedience" after they blocked an intersection.

"The struggle for economic justice led by janitors in Houston is deplorable, especially when we have to engage in civil disobedience just to reach the conscience of the corporate executives," said Johnny N. Mata.

Sixteen protesters were arrested and charged with "obstructing a roadway," which is a class B misdemeanor, the article noted.

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