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USA: Prime Day protesters demand Amazon cut ties with ICE

11 16.07.2019 Инфо

M/S Speaker and protesters outside Amazon offices, San Francisco
M/S Shirts reading: 'Close the camps'
M/S Poster reading 'A prime example of racism'
M/S Poster reading 'No facial recognition tech for ICE'
SOT, Graciela Onate, Activist: "So we were dropping off this box of petitions, we have 270,000 petitions on this hard drive and 700 pieces of paper of the names in this box. We are demanding that Amazon end their ties with ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, that they stop helping ICE to detain and deport and track immigrants."
C/U Petition *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Graciela Onate, Activist: "They closed the doors in our faces, they wouldn't let us enter. They closed the door in our faces. There were four security guards, just telling us to leave. There was no-one from Amazon who was letting us talk to them and there were people from Amazon coming in and out, so it was pretty clear they weren't actually on lockdown."
M/S Cardboard cut out mocking Amazon logo *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Nat Naylor, protester: "We are just digusted with Amazon being complicit in using facial recognition to help ICE detain people illegally in this country who legally can enter the country and should be granted political asylum."
W/S Protesters
M/S Woman with baby and cardboard cut out mocking Amazon logo
M/S Amazon box with drawing of baby behind bars
M/S Protesters chanting "Abolish ICE"
W/S Banner reading: 'Amazon: Cut ties with ICE. Respect workers now'
W/S Protesters cheering
SCRIPT
Protesters in San Francisco joined Amazon workers around the country in staging demonstrations and strikes in opposition to the company’s relationship with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Workers gathered on Amazon’s biggest sales event of the year - ‘Prime Day’ – to voice a range of grievances ranging from unsafe working conditions, low pay and the company’s lack of action on climate change. They demanded Amazon stop marketing and selling its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, to law enforcement agencies including ICE.
One protester said the group had tried to deliver a petition of 270,000 signatures to Amazon representatives but were denied entry.
“They closed the door in our faces. There were four security guards, just telling us to leave. There was no-one from Amazon who was letting us talk to them,” she said.
Demonstrators held up posters with slogans including: “A prime example of racism,” “No facial recognition tech for ICE,” and “close the camps.” An Amazon box with a drawing of a child imprisoned behind bars was could also be seen in the protest.