Protesters set up a guillotine outside the Washington, DC complex, where Amazon director Jeff Bezos is reportedly residing.
Several videos were circulating on social media recalling the apparatus known for the executions of executed heads during the French Revolution in a residential part of the state capital. The sign reads: “Support our poor communities. They are not our rich people. “
It was not immediately clear if Bezos was in DC this weekend.
His primary residence is in the state of Washington, where he founded what grew into a colossal e-commerce company in 1994. He is now one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of about $ 160.8 billion, according to Forbes.
Sometimes he also stays in the top Manhattan neighborhood, popular among celebrities like Jennifer Lopez.
One video showed a DC protester, her face covered, shouting over a megaphone, “When they are threatened and we have no voice, knives come out.”
A digital leaflet entitled “Abolish the Present” was circulating on the Internet. Reconstruct our future, ”he named his DC complex and advertised the event there on Sunday night from 4 p.m.
“Amazon works directly with the police to interrogate us, raising racist fears in the name of profit. By mitigating the association of workers and harassment of workers, Amazon fired and racially slandered the organizer of the work, Chris Smalls, “the message reads. “Join us to tell Jeff Bezos enough!”
“END the abuse and profiting. WE CONTINUE THE POLICE, COSTS AND AMAZON “, he concludes.
Smalls, an five-year Amazon employee, was fired earlier this year after allegedly organizing a shutdown at the company’s warehouse in Staten Island, New York, to protest a lack of personal protective equipment and pay for danger during a coronavirus pandemic. The Guardian reported.
Amazon said Smalls was fired for “violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk.”
Bezos said on Instagram earlier this month that he was “happy to lose” customers who did not support Black Lives Matter.
Amazon joined the list of companies demanding a showdown with institutional racism following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck while handcuffed.
In the days following Floyd’s death, the company released a note that read in part: “We believe Black life matters. We maintain solidarity with the employees, customers and partners of Montenegro and we are committed to helping create a state and a world in which everyone can live with dignity and without fear. “
Bezos could testify before Congress as early as this summer as the company faces antitrust control on Capitol Hill. He is one of the few Silicon Valley executives who has not testified before Congress in recent years – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have been invited to testify and perform.