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Midtown Amazon store stormed by protestors on Cyber Monday

November 26, 2018 - 12:48 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Anti-Amazon protests were taking place in the city on Monday.

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Over 100 protestors stormed an Amazon store on West 34th Street, holding cardboard signs that read 'no handouts for Amazon.'

Another protest was planned for Monday evening, in Court Square Park in Long Island City, and another will be in front of Amazon's book store on 34th Street.

"The heartbeat of Queens is the working class and immigrants, not billionaires," an event page for the Queens protest reads. "At a time when our city is facing a crisis of affordability, New York is looking to pay Amazon, the richest corporation in the world, billions of dollars to gentrify Queens."

Amazon critics oppose the company's $3 billion deal to bring part of its new headquarters to Long Island City.

Organizers hope those who can't attend the protest will 'blackout and boycott' Amazon on Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.

“We have had enough of the ‘gig economy’, the tech companies lying and exploiting our private lives and data for profit, the expanding militarization and surveillance of everyday life, the building of walls, and the expanding gap between the rich and the poor,” the event page says.

Others have accused Amazon of unfair labor practices.