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Photos: Supporters Of Ousted Market Basket CEO Gather In Tewksbury

Hundreds of supporters of ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas gathered in Tewksbury Friday morning. Many protesters carried signs calling for the reinstatement of the ex-CEO, who released a statement earlier this week saying he had offered to buy the supermarket chain. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Hundreds of supporters of ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas gathered in Tewksbury Friday morning. Many protesters carried signs calling for the reinstatement of the ex-CEO, who released a statement earlier this week saying he had offered to buy the supermarket chain. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

The crowd of Market Basket protesters cheered "Artie, Artie" as politicians, including Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott, offered their support. Earlier, the crowd erupted in cheers when a plane flew overhead with a banner that read "Artie T save Market Basket. Buy them out!" (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

The crowd of Market Basket protesters cheered “Artie, Artie” as politicians, including Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott, offered their support. Earlier, the crowd erupted in cheers when a plane flew overhead with a banner that read, “Artie T. save Market Basket. Buy them out!” (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As protesters rallied outside the Tewksbury Market Basket, few customers shopped inside the store. A lone cashier's lane remained open. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As protesters rallied outside the Tewksbury store, few customers shopped inside. A lone cashier’s lane remained open. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Stephen (left) has worked for Market Basket for five years. At Friday's protest, he said the new system is "tyranny," and that he wants Arthur T. Demoulas back. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Stephen, left, has worked for Market Basket for five years. At Friday’s protest, he said the new system was “tyranny,” and that he wanted Arthur T. Demoulas back. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As the midday heat cranked up, a Market Basket employee carted out more water bottles for the crowd rallying outside. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As the midday heat cranked up, a Market Basket employee carted out more water bottles for the crowd rallying outside. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As the hundreds of protesters began leaving the area just after noon Friday, there was not yet any word on the board's discussions. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

As the hundreds of protesters began leaving the area just after noon Friday, there was not yet any word on the board’s discussions. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

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