A guillotine has been set up by protesters outside the Washington DC home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding the company he founded be abolished.
A number of videos have been posted to social media that show an old fashioned piece of apparatus commonly used for beheading during the French Revolution.
A sign placed underneath read: ‘Support our poor communities. Not our wealthy men.’
The prop was erected on Sunday afternoon and a social media post invited people to head to the home near Dupont Circle.
Activists set up a guillotine outside of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s D.C. home
Videos posted to Twitter showed protesters sitting down in the street outside the home
The stunt was publicized online as being held on Sunday between 4-8pm
One video showed a woman holding a megaphone chanting a message: ‘When they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out.’
The group that assembled outside the mansion was relatively small despite the stunt being publicized online for Sunday afternoon.
Although Bezos’s main home is in Washington State close to Amazon’s global headquarters, the founder of one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world also occasionally lives in Manhattan with a residence on Fifth Avenue and Washington D.C.
His Washington D.C. mansion, is a 27,000 sq ft property, worth $23 million and is the largest in the city according to the National Review.
Bezos Washington D.C. mansion, a 27,000sq ft property, worth $23m, is the largest in the city
‘Amazon works directly with police to surveil us, stoking racist fears in the name of profit. Doubling down on their union-busting and mistreatment of workers, Amazon fired and racially slandered labor organizer Chris Smalls,’ a digital flyer circulated online read according to Fox News. ‘Join us to tell Jeff Bezos enough is enough!’
‘END THE ABUSE AND PROFITEERING. ABOLISH THE POLICE, THE PRISONS, AND AMAZON,’ the flier read.
Smalls, who had worked at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse for five years was fired after he is alleged to have organized a walkout at work in protest at an apparent lack of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bezos is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of around $113 billion,
Amazon said Smalls was fired for ‘violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk.’
Earlier this month Bezos said that he was ‘happy to lose’ customers who did not support Black Lives Matter.
The company has joined countless others seeking to end to institutional racism after the death George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was being taken into custody.
Shortly after the incident he posted a note stating: ‘We believe Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and partners, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear.’
The Amazon founder purchased the $23million Washington mansion that has undergone over three years of renovations and construction and is in the city’s wealthy Kalorama district
Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez were both at the lavish housewarming in January
Bezos is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of around $113 billion, according to Forbes.
In January of this year Bezos threw a lavish party at his new mansion attended by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and actor Ben Stiller.
The Amazon founder purchased the $23million Washington mansion in 2016 and it underwent three years of renovations and construction.
The home is tucked in the city’s wealthy Kalorama district near the residences of former President Barack Obama and the Trump-Kushner family.
Also in attendance at Bezos’ party were United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, businessman David Rubeinstein, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, Case Foundation CEO Jean Case and husband AOL founder Steve Case, Politico founder Robert Allbritton, Barbie Allbritton, former House Speaker Paul Ryan and wife Janna, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and wife Good Morning America correspondent Claire Shipman, former Defense for Public Affairs Geoff Morrell, and Hilton president Chris Nassetta,
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared seemed loved up as they attended a grand welcoming party at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ new Washington DC mansion in January
Actor Ben Stiller was seen in good spirits arriving to the sprawling mansion in January
Bezos rubbed shoulders with his political friends inviting Senator Mitt Romney to the party with his wife Ann
The front of the $23million mansion pictured under construction last July