Guillotine Placed Outside Jeff Bezos' D.C. Home by Anti-Amazon Protesters

Protesters calling for retail giant Amazon to be "abolished" set up a guillotine outside the Washington D.C. home of CEO Jeff Bezos.

Footage uploaded to social media Sunday showed the mock execution apparatus had been placed behind a sign reading: "Support our poor communities, not our wealthy men," a jab at the website's founder, who is the world's richest person.

An advertisement for the protest, which appeared to have attracted a few dozen people, was shared by a Twitter account using the handle @AbolishTheNow.

It read: "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. Join us to tell Bezos enough is enough! End the abuse and profiteering, abolish the police, the prisons and Amazon."

Smalls was fired in March after organizing a strike at a warehouse in New York, claiming concerns about conditions and staff treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon rejected his claims, saying he was fired for "violating social distancing guidelines."

There's a DC-themed decorative guillotine on display. A fun fact about Bezos' home is that it is the largest in the city and cost $23 million. During its renovation, the project racked up more than $16,000 in parking tickets alone.

— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) June 28, 2020

In a video that was taken during the event, one protester could be heard saying: "When they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out."

The @AbolishTheNow account tweeted a thread over the weekend about the reasons for the protest, asserting the company "is in a very real sense a local problem."

Why we're making this personal -- Amazon is in a very real sense a local problem. #BlackLivesMatter #DefundThePolice #dcprotest

— abolish the present / reconstruct our future (@AbolishTheNow) June 28, 2020

It was not immediately known if Bezos, who has a real-time net worth of more than 160 billion according to Forbes, was inside the residence at the time of the protest.

The 27,000 square-foot property was converted from a textile museum into a single family home, sold in October 2016 for $23 million, The Washington Post reported.

Amazon has been contacted for comment.

The retail giant previously announced it was donating $10 million to organizations that are "working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans," including the ACLU Foundation, Black Lives Matter and NAACP.

It was one of many large U.S. companies that claimed solidarity with Black Lives Matter as protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

On June 3, Amazon said in a statement: "The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black and African Americans is unacceptable. 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."

Bezos himself previously spoke out about the matter, posting screenshots of messages to Instagram that he claimed to have been sent by angry customers for supporting the civil rights movement. He said he was "happy to lose" their business.

The company has been widely criticised in the past for the alleged mistreatment of staff and for selling surveillance and face-recognition tech to law enforcement.

On Sunday, the protesters' @AbolishTheNow Twitter account wrote: "Everyone who enables this company's exploitation is responsible for the damage it causes, and needs to feel the pressure of being held personally accountable for their decisions."

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Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the companys sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington,DC. ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty