Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked more than a dozen Amazon depots across the UK on Black Friday
The activist group tweeted that it is blockading fulfilment centres at 13 sites across the UK, including Manchester, Bristol, Tilbury in Essex and Dartford in Kent. Around 15 eco-warriors are blocking the HGV routes in and out of a depot in Dunfermline, Fife, which is one of 13 across the UK being targeted. Workers in cars were being allowed in and out of the depot where protesters set up at 4am today (Fri) but HGVs have been blocked.
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Extinction Rebellion activists blockading one of the UK’s largest Amazon depots
Simon MacLardie, 54, from Inverness, Highlands, said four of his fellow protesters were ‘locked in’ – with one being chained to the innards of a washing machine.
The nurse accused Amazon of fuelling the climate crisis by profiting from ‘excessive consumption’. The move came as Amazon workers went on strike today to demand better wages and conditions in warehouses across the world. Simon said: “We’ve blocked the entrance for HGVs.
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“There are a couple of trucks stuck on the road behind us to get out.
“There are four people locked on. “One has a washing machine inside. “They’ve cut through the washing machine and locked themselves on.
“We haven’t blocked the entrance for cars so the workers can get in and out. “It’s to do with a toxic model of capitalism and all the waste. “Black Friday is encouraging people to spend more, buy more and consume more.
“Excessive consumption is killing us – we can’t afford consumerism anymore. “We’re planning to stay until the afternoon or as long as we can.” Extinction Rebellion member Meg Peyton-Jones, 26, from Edinburgh, accused Amazon of ‘sacrificing everything on the altar of profit’.
PhD student Meg added: “We’re hoping to disrupt up to 50 per cent of deliveries today. “Make Amazon Pay are asking for better working conditions and better pay. “We want to support them.
“Exploitation and sacrificing everything on the altar of profit – it is the same reason we’re in the climate crisis.” Dunfermline is the only Scottish fulfilment centre being blocked. Amazon’s largest UK centre in Tilbury, Essex is being blocked, along with those in Coventry, Warwickshire; Manchester; Doncaster, South Yorkshire; Darlington, County Durham; Newcastle; Peterborough, Cambridgeshire; Derby, Derbyshire; Rugeley, Staffordshire; Dartford, Kent; Bristol; and Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We received a report of a protest at Amazon Way, in Dunfermline, on Friday, November 26 “Officers are currently in attendance and engaging with protesters.” MFL – Amazon has been approached for comment.
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