Black Friday protests: Climate change activists block access to Amazon distribution center

A man walks past a sign advertising Black Friday sales on a retail shop window in Paris France in 2017

French climate activists Youth For Climate are planning a "Block Friday" demonstration on Friday against the commercial event in Bordeaux and other cities.

According to social media posts from Attac, a group that campaigns for more democratic globalisation, there was also a sit-down protest outside an Amazon logistics centre near Lyon, in eastern France.

More demonstrations took place on Friday, with environmental groups threatening to turn 29 November into a "Black Day for Amazon".

Meanwhile, dozens gathered outside the French headquarters of online retailer Amazon ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy.

"Today 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions of France relating to textile and electronic products, and Amazon is the leading distributor so we have to stop it", he said.

They included that they would bolster Black Friday in the event that it helped little French organizations, however said it for the most part benefits enormous online retailers.

Analysis by a United Kingdom shopper affiliation discovered that 61 p.c of products marketed in Black Friday offers final 12 months have been cheaper or about the identical worth each earlier than and after the occasion.

A salesman at the Holland Bikes store in the Villiers neighbourhood said an early rush of clients snapped up several bikes at 20 percent off.

Workers walk past boxes to be shipped inside of an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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Verdi union, which called the strike, said the hard work of its members cannot be bought "knock-down price".

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In the Netherlands, Students for Climate called for a human chain in Maastricht.

"Like no different day, this Friday exhibits how damaged the world we've constructed is", it stated.

Faced with the backlash, Amazon France's managing director Frederic Duval defended the company's record on the environment.

In Spain, protesters also put up a banner in the heart of Madrid that read: "Consumerism = climate crisis".

Julie Valette, a spokeswoman for Amazon France, said that calm had returned at the sites by lunchtime on Friday.

"Ecology is quite important to us, it's at the heart of our strategy", he told RTL radio, noting that Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles.

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