Anti-Amazon Protesters Rally Against HQ2 Inside NYC Store

November 26, 2018 - 2:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New Yorkers took their protest of Amazon’s second headquarters to the source on Cyber Monday.

Dozens of angry protesters rallied at Herald Square early in the day before marching to the Amazon Books store on West 34th Street, calling on the tech giant to rescind its plans to build in Long Island City.

“Whose city? Our city! G-T-F-O, Amazon has got to go,” the crowd chanted.

The group, which included representatives from several local unions including New York Communities for Change, claims that the new Queens headquarters will further gentrify the area, limit affordable housing and increase the wealth gap.

White carrying boxes with Amazon’s trademark smile turned upside down, they slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for negotiating a deal which offered a $3 billion tax break to the online retailer.

Initially employees at the store allowed the protest to go on while they assisted shoppers that had been in the store before the mob entered.

Shortly after representatives from about 20 groups concluded their speeches, the crowd was asked to leave the store by police.

The demonstration was the latest protest to happen since Amazon announced the deal roughly two weeks ago.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer have been leading the opposition against the deal, and recently slammed Cuomo for excluding the community from negotiations.

Gianaris plans to introduce legislation that would bar companies from demanding a nondisclosure agreement, such as Amazon did during its bidding process.