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One person arrested during Black Friday protest at SE Portland Walmart

One person was arrested Thursday night during a Black Friday protest at the Walmart store on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

Portland police said 33-year-old Justin Alexander Kerston of Southwest Portland was taken into custody and charged with second-degree criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct. Police said Kerston was shouting at Walmart employees and police and refused to leave the store shortly after 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

A crowd of protesters gathered outside the Southeast Portland Walmart at about 8 p.m. to protest the store’s sales on the holiday, demanding that Walmart employees be allowed to spend the Thanksgiving Day holiday with their families. The Portland protest was one of dozens across the country organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers union through a movement called OUR Walmart.

Walmart President Bill Simon said the world’s largest retailer had one of its best Black Fridays, despite the protests. Simon said that since 8 p.m. Thursday, Walmart stores across the nation had sold more than 1.8 million towels, more than 1.3 million televisions, 1.3 million dolls and 250,000 bicycles.

Simon said there were protests outside 26 Walmart stores across the nation, with about 50 Walmart employees joining in the demonstrations. Some of the protests were expected to continue throughout Friday.