Amazon Sweeps Sewing Machine in NYC as Protest Continues
NEW YORK — Amazon’s decision to sweep its sewing machines in Brooklyn and Queens after an eight-month strike sparked a protest in Manhattan and a riot in Queens, the companies said Friday.
A protester climbed onto a roof of a Manhattan building, then climbed on the roof of the Queens building and was beaten by officers.
The riot erupted about 4:30 p.m.
Friday after the police officer in the Queens tower reported that an individual had climbed onto the roof, according to the companies.
The man in the Manhattan building refused to leave and was detained.
The protesters took over the Queens Building, which is where a protest was planned Friday afternoon, according.
Amazon spokesman Steve Henson said the company had no comment on the protests.
“We want to thank everyone who worked hard to make this possible,” he said.
During the protest, some protesters used hammers to beat police officers.
NYPD officers who responded to the protest were wearing riot gear, but did not participate in the arrests, the company said.
The New York Police Department has not confirmed that any officers participated in the arrest of protesters.
As the day wore on, the police moved in to break up the protests and arrested several people.
In addition to the two-day shutdown of the factories, the city imposed restrictions on what people could do inside the buildings and how they could express themselves.
They also banned protests, including marches, the wearing of masks and demonstrations, in the streets.
At least two people were arrested outside of the Brooklyn building Friday afternoon and another person was arrested outside the Queens office building on Saturday morning, police said.
Police used pepper spray and batons to try to disperse the crowd, and one protester was taken to a hospital after being struck by a police baton.
After the protest ended, demonstrators continued to demonstrate in New York, according the companies, with a few hundred protesters converging on Times Square on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the protest against the $35 billion factory was continuing as the protest began in mid-March.
Many of the workers have been on strike since the company announced last fall that it would close its factory in Brooklyn in September because of the strike.
Last week, a group of about 500 workers led by the United Steelworkers union and other groups began a hunger strike that was supported by the New York City Department of Health.
The strike has been going on for more than six months.
Earlier this month, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said he planned to send in the state’s police force to help quell the protests, but the city has refused to grant the order.
President Donald Trump has praised the factories for producing goods that have made the United States a global leader in manufacturing.