Black Friday protests: Cartoon of Jeff Bezos riding a rocket as Extinction Rebellion obscures 15 Amazon warehouses
Extinction Rebellion Campaign activists block entrances with bamboo structures, “locks,” and banners. They intend to stay “for at least 48 hours”.
The group said in a statement it was targeting a total of 15 distribution centres, 13 of which are in the UK.
This includes Doncaster, Darlington, Newcastle, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugele, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury, Milton Keynes and Dunfermline.
according to Palestinian AuthorityThe Dunfermline protest in Scotland began at 4 am with about 20 activists. With “locks” and banners, protesters prevented trucks from entering the Scottish site and others from leaving.
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In a statement, the group said it hoped to raise awareness of the “exploitative and environmentally destructive business practices” of the global retailer.
A spokesperson said: “Black Friday embodies an obsession with excessive consumption that is incompatible with a livable planet.
“Amazon and companies like it have capitalized on our desire for convenience and fueled rampant consumerism at the expense of the natural world, trapping consumers in a cycle of buying on our way to oblivion.
“The reality is that COP26 just passed and failed, for one main reason; it was not designed to address the issue of an economic system that depends on unlimited growth at the expense of the survival of the planet.
“Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, who are more interested in the space race than using his vast wealth for good, are a byproduct of this toxic economic system.”
Demonstrator Eleanor Harris, from Glasgow, said: “It is imperative that we move to a new economic model that prioritizes well-being and sustainability over profit.
“The era of pariah exploitative capitalism will soon come to an end, either by changing to meet the challenges we now face or by destroying our global habitats and communities.”
Maciej Walchuk, a 19-year-old student, said: “We have to realize that consumption in the global north is largely based on the exploitation of the working class and the global south, while companies like Amazon are making huge profits and contributing to the climate and environmental crisis.
“We need a new system that respects people and the planet, rather than blindly pursuing profit.”
Indy100 contacted Amazon for comment.
Additional reports from the Palestinian Authority.