Black Friday chaos as 13 Amazon sites across UK BLOCKED by Extinction Rebellion eco-warriors

EXTINCTION Rebellion campaigners have blocked Amazon depots in Black Friday protests.

The activists are blockading a fulfilment centre in Dartford, Kent, as well as 13 other sites across the country, it’s reported.

Extinction Rebellion protesters are blockading Amazon sites this morning

The group posted footage of the Dartford sit-in. Six activists were seen holding aloft a banner reading ‘Black Friday exploits people and planet.’

Police are also tackling protests at an Amazon warehouse in Tilbury, Essex.

Essex Police tweeted: “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.”

A distribution centre near Bristol has also been blocked since 4am.

Protesters have built bamboo towers at the site to completely block two access roads.

One person tweeted: “Agree with saving the climate…but you need public support to get the government to care.

XR South East UK tweeted: “ExtinctionRebellion blockade #AMAZON fulfilment centres across the UK and Europe on #BlackFriday holding them responsible for the damage they do to #PeopleAndPlanet. #InfiniteGrowthFinitePlanet.”

But furious social media users have hit out – and say blocking roads “just annoys folk”.

Another wrote: “That’s 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 own figures from 2020 reveal that the corporation’s carbon emissions rose by 19 per cent year-over-year in spite of the global shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, reported BristolLive.

The corporation pledged in 2019 to become net-zero by 2040.

However, XR activists say that there is “no evidence for how that will be achieved” and claim and the pledge does not include Amazon’s supply chain.

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