Rehearsing To Be Arrested At Chipotle

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Protesters Mob Chipotle

Protesters Mob Chipotle

By Bill Sorem

Minneapolis, MN, January 20, 2011.

About 150 protesters stormed the Nicollet Mall Chipotle Restaurant at noon disrupting business. Eight handcuffed themselves to a chain strung inside the entrance. The eight were later arrested, given police handcuffs and transported to jail. About 25 Minneapolis Police Officers and a Fire Department Emergency vehicle responded to the action.  The protest was organized by Local 26, SEIU, Service Employees International Union.

In this video we see how the main group of protesters rehearsed handcuffing procedures and were briefed on on the rules of engagement for this action at the union hall in Minneapolis.

Chipotle fired hundreds of employees right before Christmas for alleged immigration violations, many without pay. The complaints against Chipotle also include sexual harassment, harassment of injured employees, non-payment of back wages and unused vacations. These grievances have gone on for many months.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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