SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 people gathered in Downtown Sacramento in a protest against Wal-Mart and nine people have been arrested as of 5:30 p.m.

Protesters claim that Wal-Mart underpays workers and some claim they were fired illegally after they called for better jobs. They came together near Cesar Chavez Park around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

[ See PHOTOS from the protest against Wal-Mart ]

A spokesman for the group Interfaith Worker Justice is calling on Wal-Mart to pay its full-time workers at least $25,000 a year.

Sacramento was just one of more than 10 cities across the country where protests were staged.

In a statement from Randy Hargrove, Wal-Mart's director of national media relations, he said that the protest is a big show to get attention.

"This is just like what this union group has been doing on and off since last year – it’s just a show and, with very few exceptions, the cast members don’t work at Wal-Mart nor are they affiliated with the company in any way. This group of demonstrators is primarily made up of union members and activists. The fact that virtually no associates are participating in this event should tell you that the opinions being expressed aren't representative of the vast majority of the people who work for us."