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Hundreds of people blocked rush-hour traffic Thursday to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), resulting in a dozen arrests for trespassing on Amazon property.
The protesters — who caused a traffic congestion during their march — took specific aim with Amazon’s reported attempts to sell its facial recognition technology to ICE. The Seattle-based company allegedly encouraged federal immigration authorities to purchase its “Rekognition” facial recognition software. Amazon did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
Action - Demonstration - Boston - Massachusetts - Thursday
“Never Again Action” coordinated a demonstration in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday to protest private companies cooperation with the federal agency tasked with carrying out deportation orders.
The demonstrators began their march at the New England Holocaust Memorial and marched to Amazon’s Cambridge office.
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The entire demonstration equated ICE to the Holocaust, and likened the companies that work with the agency to Nazi collaborators.
“These tools are being used to dehumanize entire communities, to create terror, to track people, and round them up and put them into detention, and then ultimately deport them,” said Elizabeth Weinbloom, a member of Never Again Action. “During the Holocaust, IBM created punchcard and data systems that were used in every concentration camp to track our ancestors.”
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Many of the protesters carried Holocaust-themed signs such as “Never Again Is Now” and “Close The Camps” as they marched through the streets. Never Again is a years-old slogan used by the Jewish community, typically meaning to never again allow the horrors of the Holocaust to happen.
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