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Protesters hit Amazon buildings on Black Friday: What you need to know


A police officer looks at a person wearing a head mask depicting Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, as Extinction Rebellion activists block an entrance to an Amazon fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, Britain, November 26, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Protests are being staged at Amazon buildings in the UK, US, and Europe - on Black Friday.


Climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion blockaded 15 Amazon facilities in Europe on Friday, the activist group said.

An international coalition of unions, equality and environmental groups called "Make Amazon Pay" is staging a day of action.

The group said Amazon's "environmentally destructive business practices" were behind the protest.


Extinction Rebellion said it plans to keep protesting for at least 48 hours.


The movement is demanding Amazon make changes to its business, including improved pay, an end to employee surveillance, and union engagement.


The Daily Telegraph reported that Amazon's largest UK warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland was blockaded at 4 a.m. local time by roughly 20 activists. Per The Telegraph, protesters prevented lorries from entering and leaving the site.


Photographs showed one protester outside Amazon's warehouse in the southeast England town of Tilbury wearing a big, fake head resembling Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, straddling a model rocket — evoking the billionaire's flight to space in July.


"The action is taking place on Black Friday in order to confront the exploitative and environmentally destructive business practices of one of the world's largest companies," the group said in its release.


For Amazon, Black Friday marks one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the beginning of its extremely busy holiday season.


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