SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say they have made several arrests at a downtown demonstration protesting what marchers say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers.

Police tweeted that several demonstrators who were among those blocking traffic during Thursday’s evening rush hour asked for “symbolic arrests” and officers obliged.

KOMO-TV reports that dozens of people demonstrated Thursday outside a Subway store, a Taco Bell and finally a McDonald’s. Outside the McDonald’s, the group spread out to block the intersection of Pine Street at Third Avenue. Most protesters cleared the intersection after about 15 minutes, except for a handful who locked arms in the middle of the street.

KOMO says many in the group are fast-food employees. They accuse their bosses of what they call wage theft, saying their paychecks are shorted.

In a statement, police Detective Jeff Kappel says police take wage theft and employee exploitation seriously. He urged anyone affected to file police reports.

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