‘Immigrants’ and ‘allies’ descend on and disrupt Amazon summit in NYC, demand it cut all ties with ICE

An annual Amazon summit in New York was repeatedly interrupted by immigration protesters demanding the company cut ties with ICE.

Local streets outside of the Amazon Web Services event being held in New York City Thursday were shut down by protesters while inside the Javits Center, speakers were interrupted by those calling for the e-commerce giant to cease doing business with those companies associated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Protesters shouted over speakers, playing audio of detained immigrant children while demanding Amazon drop contracts it has with companies such as Palantir which provide technology services to ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.

The interruptions came as Amazon CTO Werner Vogels was delivering an address at the annual conference, prompting security to remove the individuals after each outburst.

Author and activist Daniel Altschuler of Make the Road Action noted that Werner was interrupted five times during his speech.

Werner apparently told protesters he was “more than willing to have a conversation” with them but asked that they let him finish his talk.

Demonstrators were lined up outside of the entrance area to the Summit as well.

NYC Council Member Brad Lander joined the activists on the streets.

The protests were reportedly led by Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, and other immigration advocates, according to WABC in New York. They celebrated their efforts on Twitter with speeches by the ousted demonstrators and posts about how “our people power hacked the event’s hashtag” and caused it to trend – for the wrong reason.

But with all the willing participants who held signs, shouted slogans and rudely interrupted speakers, many others called out the “shenanigans” on Twitter.


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