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Several arrested in Black Friday mall protest in Missouri: report

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Seven people were arrested Friday at a Missouri mall after nearly 100 protesters disrupted Black Friday shopping, according to local media.

Galleria Mall, located near St. Louis, was forced to close because of the protests, mall security told ABC News.

Protesters entered the mall around 1:15 p.m. local time and help their fists up, chanting "No justice, no profit," an eyewitness told ABC News.

They walked through the mall corridors and entered several stores, including a Dillard's. The protests lasted nearly two hours.

Bruce Franks Jr., a Missouri state representative, was one of the people arrested, according to his legislative assistant, Danielle Spradley.

The eyewitness said the protests were peaceful until the arrests happened.

“Right at the end of the group, police grabbed people. People ran back to try to help, and the police started throwing them down. It got real ugly,” the witness said.

Earlier this month, African-American clergy members and activists announced a boycott of the Galleria Mall and other business in St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the protests were in response to police treatment of blacks, bank loan practices and infrastructure neglect in parts of St. Louis.

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