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Protestors arrested outside Balch Springs Walmart

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Police arrested people outside a Balch Springs Walmart while they protested low wages for workers.

Balch Springs police arrested 13 people, including some Walmart workers and a local pastor.

About 50 people were protesting and hoping to bring attention to what they say are low wages paid by the mega-retailer.

"This is about dignity and respect and for us as Walmart workers to make a living wage," said Meggan McKinley, who was one of the people arrested.

Walmart disputed the claim and in a statement said it's wages are on the "higher end of the retail average." The company said full-time and part-time associates make "on average, close to $12.00 an hour."

Walmart said it's paying employees holiday pay on Black Friday as well as giving a 25 percent discount on a basket worth of goods.

Police said the protestors were blocking crosswalks on Lake June Road and the protestors refused to move when asked.

"We have no problem if somebody wants to come out and peacefully protest on the sidewalk, that's fine. Our concern at this point is when they get in the road and start blocking traffic," said Balch Springs Deputy Police Chief Jon Haber.

The protest in Balch Springs was one of a series of protests planned around the nation on Black Friday.

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