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LA neighborhood bans [sic/pun?] together against impending Walmart infestation

June 30, 2012

Hundreds of people marched Saturday through the streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles to protest against Wal-Mart’s plans to open a store in the neighborhood.

The colorful event included lion dancers, bicyclists and a rally under Chinatown’s dragon gates, headlined by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.

Many said they came to protest against the proposed store while others said they came to decry what they said were Wal-Mart’s low wages and union-busting attempts.

“This historic neighborhood will be utterly gutted if Wal-Mart comes here,” Morello told The Associated Press about the prospects of the retail giant driving smaller stores in Chinatown out of business.

“It’s Wal-Mart’s global policy of sweatshop labor and poverty level wages that we don’t need in LA,” he said.

Wal-Mart began construction this week with plans to open the store next year.

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