Orlando Police called after protesters march inside fast-food restaurant demanding higher wages

- A large crowd of protesters gathered at McDonald's on South Orange Avenue in Orlando Thursday morning as part of the Fight for 15 movement. Protesters there said despite big victories in states like New York, California and Pennsylvania they will continue to fight for $15 an hour in the state of Florida. Currently, the minimum wage in Florida is $8.05 an hour.

This protest is part of a much larger scale. Thousands of workers are protesting across 300 cities and 40 countries all demanding higher pay. According to "Fight for 15 Florida," 64-million workers in America make less than $15 an hour, including 4 million in Florida.

Around 7 a.m. Thursday more than 20 people marched inside the McDonald's on Orange Avenue and chanted with their signs. Orlando Police were called to get them out of the restaurant and to control the crowds.

“We all come together and stand in solidarity for $15 and union rights,” said protestor Clint Kyler.

Drivers yelled profanities at protestors saying that $15 an hour is simply too high and outrageous. They said working at a fast food restaurant should be temporary and not a career.

Organizers for the group “Fight for 15 Florida” stated sometimes they have no choice, but to work at low paying jobs. “We need to pay our bills so we have to work somewhere," Kyler said. "And these low wage jobs are pretty much accessible not just in Orlando, but Florida itself.”

Lisa McComb, a spokesperson for McDonald’s issued this statement: “We proudly invest in the future of those who work in McDonald’s restaurants. In addition to raising the minimum wage for employees at our company-owned restaurants, we also offer employees access to Archways to Opportunity, a set of programs McDonald’s pays for which help them earn a high school diploma and get needed tuition assistance so they can work toward earning a college degree.”

There will be another protest Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at another McDonald's on Sand Lake Road near International Drive. More than 30 people are expected to rally there.

Stay with FOX 35 for the latest on this developing story.

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