Extinction Insurrection targets Amazon in Black Friday protests

LONDON – Activists from Extinction Insurrection blockaded greater than a dozen distribution centres of on-line retail large Amazon in Britain in what they referred to as coordinated international Black Friday gross sales protests.

Dozens of demonstrators from the environmental motion — often known as XR — blocked the corporate’s largest UK warehouse, in Dunfermline in Scotland, in addition to websites throughout England collectively chargeable for round half of its deliveries in Britain.

The group additionally claimed to have focused Amazon’s distribution websites in america, Germany and the Netherlands, on the busiest day of the yr for the retail behemoth.

The disruptive protests had been “to confront the exploitative and environmentally damaging enterprise practices of one of many world’s largest firms”, XR stated in a press release.

It blocked the entrances to the UK websites utilizing bamboo constructions and so-called lock-on gadgets, and displayed banners that includes slogans like “Amazon crime”, “Infinite development, finite planet” and “Black Friday exploits individuals and planet”.

The activists stated they arrived round 0400 GMT on the websites, which embody places in Newcastle, Manchester and Bristol, and aimed to remain for at the least 48 hours.

“The motion is meant to attract consideration to Amazon’s exploitative and environmentally damaging enterprise practices, disregard for staff’ rights within the title of firm earnings, in addition to the wastefulness of Black Friday,” an XR spokesperson stated.

“The blockade is a part of a global motion by XR focusing on 15 Amazon fulfilment centres within the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands, geared toward highlighting Amazon’s ‘crimes’.”

The protest is the newest by the activist community, shaped within the UK in 2018, which commonly makes use of civil disobedience to spotlight authorities inaction on local weather change however has generally drawn a public backlash.

Eleanor Harris, from Glasgow, took half within the Dunfermline blockade.

“The period of exploitative throw-away capitalism will quickly be over, both by altering to fulfill the challenges we now face or by the destruction of our international habitats and societies,” she stated.

An Amazon spokesperson stated it took its obligations, together with a dedication to be net-zero carbon by 2040, “very significantly”.

“We all know there may be at all times extra to do, and we’ll proceed to invent and make investments on behalf of our workers, clients, small companies and communities within the UK,” they added.

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