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& # 39; Shame! & # 39; Amazon gets $ 23 million from Virginia County among strong protests | Technology



Protesters repeatedly shouted "shame" as a northern Virginia county government unanimously approved a $ 23m incentive package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

Arlington County Board's 5-0 vote on Saturday came after hours of heated public testimony, reported news.

Supporters said Amazon's plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Opponents said the technology giant does not need or deserve public grants. They also said the revenue revenue would be driven by rising leases.

In November, Amazon chose to sell New York City and Crystal City as the winners of a secret, year-long process in which more than 230 North American cities are helping to become the home of the Seattle-based corporate headquarters.

Last month, Amazon left its plan in New York City among the pushbacks of politicians and activists who were angry at the tax breaks that had been offered, as well as the company's anti-union stance.

"This poll today is about racial justice" Danny Cendejas, member of the La ColectiVA lawyer group, said according to WRC television. "We have been talking to people in color groups, immigrant groups. We have consistently heard the concerns about gentrification."

The Washington Post reported that in response to concerns about increased rents, traffic congestion and overcrowding of schools, chairman Christian Dorsey said: "I am convinced that we can cope with these consequences. "

Amazon plans to create at least 25,000 jobs over 1

2 years in Washington suburb. The state of Virginia has already approved a $ 750m incentive package for the company.

During the meeting, activists became furious when they were not allowed to question the Amazon officials who had given testimony.

Washington resident Chris Otten shouted that a voice should not be allowed and shouted profanities with a pro-Amazon contestant he said cursed at him. This led police and security personnel to physically remove Otten, who screamed while he was doing. He was charged with disorderly behavior.

Otten said he had recently broken his wrist and had pain from being "strong arms" out of the building. Calling from a hospital where he was under precautionary rays, he said the county should be focused on using funds to help the needy.

"It's sad when you hear that the board says they don't have the resources to help people who need it now, but then they give millions and millions to a company that doesn't need that kind of help" Otten said. "It's the company's welfare over social needs."

Chairman Libby Garvey said she was excited.

"Arlington has made a lot of change in the 40 plus years I've been here and we're ready for this change," said Garvey. "We've been planning for this growth, we've planned for these jobs, but we didn't expect to get that much from this deal."


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