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Protesters repeatedly disrupted a top Amazon executive's presentation at a tech conference

[2019.07.12, Fri 02:10] Amazon's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, held a tech conference in New York on Thursday where it announced some new products. A group of anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement protesters repeatedly disrupted the keynote talk given by AWS CTO Werner Vogels. Protesters at various times stood up and yelled about children being separated from their families at the border, and about Amazon's dealings with ICE. Others yelled, "Break ties with ICE.". This relationship was outlined in a protest letter sent to management by Amazon employees last year, and again in a letter circulating around Amazon this week. Another email, obtained last year by The Daily Beast, showed how AWS officials met with ICE to try and convince the agency to buy a number of Amazon technologies, including the controversial facial recognition software. Read: Amazon was the only big tech company repeatedly called out by name during the Democratic presidential debates. While Amazon's possible involvement with ICE was the primary subject of Thursday's protests, protests at Amazon events have practically become the norm these days. Google the news >>

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