Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone’s happy

Protesters block the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion activist group on Oct. 5

Protesters block the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion activist group on Oct. 5

Why did the activists target Amazon?

In the Czech Republic, one electronics chain encourages shoppers - in English, of course - to "Make Black Friday Great Again", in an ad featuring a suited man wearing the distinctive red cap used by U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign.

In a emailed statement Amazon France said it respected the rights of people to express their opinions, but that does not extend to organizing violent demonstrations where people work.

Many French activists hindered an Amazon distribution center south of Paris in a Black Friday-enlivened dissent, in the midst of expanded resistance to the post-Thanksgiving deals marvel that has seen a gathering of French legislators push to boycott it by and large.

The Extinction Rebellion campaign group posted on Twitter images of protesters being forcibly removed by police from the Lyon site.

More demonstrations are expected as Black Friday looms into view.

In Italy, for example, Black Friday falls outside the season's strictly defined schedule for when the winter shop sales can be held. France's e-commerce union, whose members are aggressively advertising Black Friday gross sales all through November, has condemned the measure.

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To French activists, Black Friday is the epitome of this shift, a purely business occasion created to spice up U.S. retailers forward of the Christmas holidays, the image of capitalism run amok.

"There was no impact for our clients", she said.

In Germany, around 2,200 Amazon workers walked off the job to escalate their long-running fight for better pay and working conditions.

"Their work can not be had at rock-bottom prices", Verdi said in a statement, demanding a collective labour agreement to ensure "a living wage and good, healthy jobs".

In the Netherlands, Students for Climate called for a human chain in Maastricht.

"We're changing Black Friday into Block Friday, it is a symbol of capitalism", said one of the protesters, Raphael. However, there has been a backlash against the event driven in part by environmental concerns.

In Spain, protesters also put up a banner in the heart of Madrid that read: "Consumerism = climate crisis". The Seattle retail giant has also ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles and has committed to 100% renewable power by 2030, she said. "It does not necessarily lead to more consumption", he told French broadcaster BFM TV.

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