Amazon protests: Black Friday chaos as Extinction Rebellion block UK warehouses
13 fulfilment centres are to be blockaded across the UK this morning, along with other centres in Europe. Initial reports came from the warehouse on Windrush Road in Tilbury, with Essex Police sharing an update at 5.27am. They wrote on Twitter: “We’re dealing with a protest outside an Amazon warehouse in Windrush Road, #Tilbury and engaging with people at the scene to ensure it remains safe.
“However, we expect the disruption to run into the morning rush hours and we’re asking motorists to take some delays into account.” XR South East UK tweeted to confirm the protest.
The climate activists are targeting 13 Amazon sites in the UK (Image: Twitter)
They wrote: “ExtinctionRebellion blockade #AMAZON fulfilment centres across the UK and Europe on #BlackFriday holding them responsible for the damage they do to #PeopleAndPlanet. #InfiniteGrowthFinitePlanet.” Footage on social media, which the user claimed came from the warehouse in Rugeley, Staffordshire, then appeared to show protesters climbing a structure.
Other protesters on the ground held a sign that read: “Make Amazon Pay.” Reports and images from Amazon’s distribution site in Dunfermline, Scotland, suggest that the same happened there.
Police across the country have said they are responding to the incidents
Heart News Scotland tweeted images of protesters holding a sign that read “climate justice = workers’ justice” at 5.52am. They confirmed: “Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have blocked the entrance to Amazon’s distribution site in Dunfermline.”
BristolLive has now reported disruptions at the Amazon warehouse in Avonmouth. They confirmed that protesters have tied themselves to bamboo towers and scaffolding structures, completely blocking two access roads to the site.
Amazon’s operations emitted the equivalent of 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020 (Image: Twitter)
This appeared to be what was happening at the site in Rugeley too. The aim of the protest is to disrupt Amazon’s business on what is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in order to force the global giant into changing its “highly climate-destructive corporate practices”.
The protests have sparked backlash on social media with people critical of the disruption. One person tweeted: “Agree with saving the climate…but you need public support to get the government to care. “Blocking roads just annoys folk and loses you the good will from the public (especially the working ones whos[e] taxes pay your benefits).”
Protesters have erected bamboo towers outside the warehouses
Another wrote: “That it guys, that’ll get the public onside I’m sure.
Nothing gets public support like stopping us getting to and from work….” Amazon’s operations emitted the equivalent of 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, compared to 51.17 million metric tons in 2019. The corporation pledged in 2019 to become net-zero by 2040, but XR activists say that there is “no evidence for how that will be achieved and the pledge does not include Amazon’s supply chain”.
- ^ Extinction Rebellion (www.dailystar.co.uk)
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- ^ Black Friday (www.dailystar.co.uk)
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