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Black Friday: actions against Amazon and overconsumption

On the occasion of Black Friday, the global online trading giant Amazon was the target Friday of several actions of environmental activists denouncing the climate consequences of overconsumption, near Paris and Lyon and in the North.

In Saint-Priest (Rhône), a hundred activists briefly blocked two entrances to a warehouse of the American company before being evacuated by the police. Images relayed on Twitter by the movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) show young people evacuated unceremoniously by uniformed police officers. The movement denounced "unworthy violence".

Gathered at the call of several associations including Youth for Climate, XR, Greenpeace and Attac, protesters intended to denounce the very principle of Black Friday, "day dedicated to overconsumption and compulsive shopping", according to an activist Alternatiba ANV Rhone .

At dawn, dozens of people gathered in front of the French headquarters of Amazon in Clichy (Hauts-de-Seine), near Paris, for an action presented as "non-violent and joyful". They unfurled banners hostile to the online trading giant before sitting in front of the company headquarters shouting "We say stop at Black Friday and his impunity!".

"Today, Amazon has the greenhouse gas emissions of a state," denounced locally Jean-Francois Julliard, director of Greenpeace France. "We need more than ever actions of civil disobedience because Amazon is a symbol of impunity", including tax, said the MEP LFI Manon Aubry, present alongside him as the MP LFI Clémentine Autain.

In the North, about forty militants took place in the morning on a roundabout in front of the Amazon site of Flers-en-Escrebieux, near Douai, whose entrance was protected by about twenty policemen. "Amazon destroys jobs and the climate", "Block Friday", could be read on banners.

Amazon has rejected all criticism, while his boss Jeff Bezos, assured in September that the multinational would reach carbon neutrality in 2040.

"In bed"

In several French cities, environmentalist and anti-globalization activists have also targeted shopping centers, such as in La Défense, a suburb of Paris, where dozens of activists from Youth for Climate and XR have blocked one of the entrances to the shopping center of the Four Times, without really disturbing its activity.

In Rennes, 600 people marched, trying in vain to enter the convention center and a shopping center. The protesters were about 300 in Tours, 200 Bordeaux, in front of an Apple Store and Galeries Lafayette, the same number in Grenoble, some 250 in Saint-Etienne.

They were a few hundred in Toulouse, especially in front of a Primark store, emblematic of "fast fashion" at a reduced price, including brandishing a banner "The only good plan that counts is the one that ends up in bed".

"It's great, fortunately they are there all these young people, they have all this energy," exclaims Marie-Paule, 85, for whom such actions restore hope for the future it leaves to his grandchildren.

In Strasbourg, several collectives had taped Thursday night posters on many billboards and showcases downtown, including "Black Friday, sales on the planet". The traders' association has denounced the blocking of ultra-strong glue locks, which activists have denied.

In Roanne (Loire), some thirty militants from Attac and ANV COP21 also carried out an action of blacklisting the commercial display related to "Black Friday".

Already on Thursday, dozens of activists of environmental movements had briefly blocked the distribution center of Amazon Brétigny-sur-Orge (Essonne).

They had been dislodged after about two hours of action by the police. Eight people arrested for "obstructing traffic" were released Friday after police custody.

May-san-Services-so-rh / aluminum / rhl

29/11/2019 19:23:05 –
Paris (AFP) –
© 2019 AFP

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