6 arrested during protest at Logan Airport

Logan Airport workers and union members took part in a national protest calling for better working conditions in airports across the country.
Logan Airport workers and union members took part in a national protest calling for better working conditions in airports across the country. –Keith Bedford / The Boston Globe

Six people were arrested for trespassing Monday after refusing to disperse from a protest at Logan Airport, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The protest was a peaceful demonstration in Terminal E, police said. More than 100 members of the Service Employees International Union gathered. The protest was organized to draw attention to “inhumane conditions’’ airport employees face across the country and to demand a wage increase to $15 as well as organizing rights for all workers, The Boston Globe reported.

State police were assigned to monitor the demonstration, and just before 1 p.m., they ordered the protesters to leave the terminal.

Nearly all demonstrators complied, aside from six who were then arrested without a struggle, police said. Prior to the demonstration, organizers told officers that some planned to defy police orders so that they would be arrested, according to police.

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The six people arrested for trespassing were Michael Gallagher, 67, of Boston, Marvin Martin, 61, of Dorchester, Yusuf Farah, 57, of Cambridge, Roxana Rivera, 26, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Mary Lombos, 41, and Jacqueline Wesley, 51, both of Roxbury, police said. They were all released and will be arraigned in East Boston District Court, according to police.

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