Thousands of Market Basket employees, customers, and supporters descended upon the Tewksbury, Mass. store and corporate headquarters in what is now the start of the third week of protests. Police on site estimated as many as 5,000 to 6,000 people had gathered as of 11 AM Tuesday morning. Rally organizers had been hoping for crowds as big as 15,000, but the heat proved to be a major deterrent.
Several local media vans could be found parked along the perimeter of the rally, as well as about two dozen Tewksbury police officers performing crowd control. There were also a half dozen ambulances on hand due to the excessive midday heat. Temperatures in Tewksbury climbed close to 90 degrees with a virtually no cloud cover. Many protesters huddled under trees and pop-up tents in the blazing sun.
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