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Virginia county approves Amazon incentives despite protests

Photo: Christina Crea / Northwest Guardian
Photo: Christina Crea / Northwest Guardian(WNDU)
Published: Mar. 17, 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT
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Protesters repeatedly shouted "shame" as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

News outlets report the Arlington County Board's 5-0 vote came after hours of heated public testimony Saturday. Supporters said Amazon's plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs. Opponents, however, said the tech giant doesn't deserve public subsidies. They also said lower-income residents would be driven out.

Protester Chris Otten yelled profanities during the meeting, prompting security personnel to physically remove him. Otten screamed in pain as he was carried out. He told the AP that he was in pain because he had recently broken his wrist.

Amazon last month abandoned its plan to also build a headquarters in New York City amid pushback from politicians and activists.

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