Amazon UK warehouses are being targeted by Extinction Rebellion activists in a Black Friday blockade.
The demonstrations started with around 20 activists at one of the ecommerce giant’s distribution centres in Dunfermline, Fife, at 4am.
The climate action group is also targeting centres in Doncaster, Darlington, Newcastle, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugeley, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury and Milton Keynes.
Activists with placards and “lock-ons” have halted lorries entering the centre and stopped a number from leaving, The Standard reported.
“The police have one van on site and they are watching us,” Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Meg Paton-Jones said at the blockade in Scotland.
“We started here at about 4am but are not blocking the employees’ car park so the night shift can leave.
“We have good vibes and music.”
A separate Extinction Rebellion activist added: “The action is intended to draw attention to Amazon’s exploitative and environmentally destructive business practices, disregard for workers’ rights in the name of company profits, as well as the wastefulness of Black Friday.
“The blockade is part of an international action by Extinction Rebellion targeting 15 Amazon fulfilment centres in the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands, aimed at highlighting Amazon’s ‘crimes’.
“This is happening in solidarity with activists and workers from the global Make Amazon Pay campaign, demanding better working conditions, clear environmental commitments, and for Amazon to pay their fair share of tax.
“Amazon continues to lobby the US government to fight against climate legislation while telling the public they are committed to green initiatives.
“They are committing the very definition of greenwash.”
Protester Eleanor Harris, from Glasgow reiterated the group’s cause by saying: “It is essential we move to a new model of economics that prioritises wellbeing and sustainability over profit.
“The era of exploitative throw-away capitalism will soon be over, either by changing to meet the challenges we now face or by the destruction of our global habitats and societies.”