Extinction Riot is concentrating on Amazon UK hubs with blockades on Black Friday


An activist from the Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate group sits on top of a giant wooden rocket as it blocks the exit to an Amazon distribution center in Tilbury, east of London.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked Amazon distribution centers across the UK on Friday to prevent the e-commerce giant from shipping Black Friday orders.

Numerous Extinction Rebellion activists banded together and set up structures outside of Amazon’s sales offices, causing disruption on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

It is unclear how many Due to the protests, deliveries from Amazon will now be delayed.

The climate change campaign group said it wanted to raise awareness of Amazon’s dealings with its workforce and lavish business practices.

Activists blocked 13 distribution centers across the UK, including the company’s largest UK warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland.

Extinction Rebellion activists blocked the entrance to the Amazon fulfillment center in Doncaster, preventing trucks from entering or leaving on Black Friday, the global retail giant’s busiest day.

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“If everyone understood the mass death, destruction and chaos that are coming on the tracks, millions would be on the streets demanding action,” wrote Extinction Rebellion on Twitter.

The group added, “Direct action is also a way for ordinary people to do what governments should do – stop, or at least pause, the damage that people like @JeffBezos are doing.”

Other locations attacked by Extinction Rebellion include Doncaster, Darlington, Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugeley, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury, and Milton Keynes.

Protests also took place outside of Amazon camps in the Netherlands and Germany.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

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