Climate activists block Amazon UK warehouses on Black Friday

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Climate activists are closing Amazon warehouses across the UK on Friday in an effort to pressure the company on one of the busiest days of the year

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Activists block the entrance to an Amazon warehouse in Tilbury, east of London, with an effigy of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sitting atop a rocket.

At Amazon’s distribution center in Dunfermline, Scotland, about 20 Extinction Rebellion members raised banners at the entrance saying “Make Amazon Pay” and locked themselves together, blocking trucks from entering and some stopped him from leaving.

The group is demanding that Amazon provide better working conditions, clearer environmental commitments, and for the company to pay a fair share of the tax.

Extinction Rebellion said it was part of a broader international effort that is also targeting Amazon fulfillment centers in the US, Germany and the Netherlands.

Amazon did not directly address the protest in response to a request for comment, but said the company takes its responsibilities “very seriously.”

“This includes our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040 – 10 years before the Paris Agreement – ​​providing excellent pay and benefits in a safe and modern work environment, and supporting the thousands of British small businesses that sell at our stores,” The company said.

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