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Demonstrators took over Amazon Manhattan to protest Queens headquarters



NEW YORK CITY (WABC) –

Demonstrators briefly took over Amazon Books on the 34th Street in Manhattan on Monday afternoon to protest against the company's decision to open a seat in Queens.

About 50 to 75 people planned to protest outside the trade but the door was open. So everyone was poured into a protest that lasted about 30 minutes.

The police were called, but they were simply being watched, and the Amazon employees were doing their normal activities. Even customers basically ignored all the singing.

And 5:00. rally and march was also planned at Court Square Park in Long Island City, near the site of the proposed facility.

Amazon promised 25,000 jobs in Long Island City, along with green space and job fairs. There is, however, outrage at Amazon's financial incentives, which include a $ 1.5 billion state tax credit, half a billion for construction, and an unprecedented amount of city incentives that could reach more than $ 100 million more.

"We are puzzled that our city will provide $ 3 billion in tax relief to the richest company in the world," said Angeles Solis of Make the Road New York. "When our transit collapses."

The new agreement was concluded with the state, and the city council was basically unable to change the deal.

"It's a big money maker for us," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "It's nothing."

There has been intense competition to get through Amazon, with more than 100 cities across the country competing and some throwing billions of tax incentives to the company.

Amazon started its hunt at the second headquarters in September 2017, initially received 238 proposals before dropping the list to 20 in January.
Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia, have met Amazon's requirements for a new environment: Both are close to metropolitan areas with over millions of people, have nearby international airports, have direct access to mass transit and have room for expansion.

New York is trying to attract more technologists, while northern Virginia is trying to fill its buildings from the 1980s after thousands of federal employees have moved elsewhere.

Amazon said that Seattle would remain one of Amazon's three headquarters.

While some argue that New York City has won in this case, many people are outraged by what will mean a public transport agreement, the cost of housing and the potential impact on small businesses.

"I think Amazon will only make it worse," said Charles Khan of the Center for People's Democracy. "We have no reason to give them $ 3 billion when we have so many problems, homelessness."

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