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Police arrest 21 people in LA Wal-Mart protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police have arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy.

Police spokeswoman Officer Rosario Herrera says protesters were blocking an intersection shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday and were arrested for failing to disperse.

Rally organizers say the protest in the Chinatown district, where a Walmart store is planned, was one of 15 across the country. More than 1,000 current and former Wal-Mart workers and supporters marched through downtown calling on the company to reinstate illegally fired and disciplined workers and improve wages.

On Wednesday a Superior Court judge blocked construction of a Walmart in Burbank after residents filed suit.

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. representative called the protests publicity stunts and not representative of the store's workers.

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