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Black Friday in Europe Sees Protests, Strikes

Headline Roundup November 29th, 2019

Protests and strikes involving companies located throughout Europe, particularly Amazon, characterized Black Friday on the continent. Consequences of businesses and corporations on the environment saw widespread protests of retailers, while poor labor conditions were the subject of an Amazon workers' strike in Germany.

Reporting was more frequent from left and center-rated outlets; some right-leaning voices focused on social media reactions to the protests from European legislators and politicians.

Black Friday in Europe Sees Protests, Strikes

From the Left
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WUSTERMARK, Germany — As environmental protesters were heading into Berlin to rally against the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy on Friday, others were heading the opposite direction on a hunt for the cheapest coats, socks or pants.

At an eastern German outlet mall in Wustermark — about half an hour’s drive from the German capital — global protests against the Black Friday tradition and its impact on the environment went largely unnoticed on Friday. Rushing from store to store, shoppers were predominantly concerned about long lines.

“I don’t care about the protests,”...

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From the Center
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Activists across France have staged Black Friday protests against Amazon, decrying consumerism and its impact on the environment.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the company's French headquarters in Clichy, north of Paris.

Protesters also tried to blockade a shopping centre in Paris and a logistics centre near the eastern city of Lyon.

In video from Lyon riot police can be seen dragging activists away.

The protests aim to disrupt Black Friday, a discount shopping day that activists have blamed for environmental damage.

In response, Amazon told the BBC it respected...

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From the Right
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Protesters in France have blocked an Amazon warehouse south of Paris citing concerns that the Black Friday shopping holiday negatively affects the environment.

Some lawmakers have endorsed the concerns voiced by the protesters citing that the holiday, made popular by American and now observed by deal-seeking shoppers in several countries, is mainly beneficial to large, online retailers and causes high levels of gas emissions and traffic jams. France's minister for environmental transition Elisabeth Borne said to Europe 1 that while she's happy for people to get good deals on Black...

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