Protests Head for Apple Stores Today

6 stores will be hit in protest of suppliers' treatment of workers
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Protests Head for Apple Stores Today
The Apple logo on an Apple Store is seen reflected in a window as pedestrians walk by on January 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Consumers are planning to flock to one of a half-dozen Apple stores around the globe today—and not to wait in line for the latest gadget. Protests are set to hit "marquee locations" in Washington, DC; New York City, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore. The gripe? The way Apple's foreign suppliers—particularly frequently-in-the-press Foxconn—treat their workers. CNN explains that the protests were born from two online petitions, one at (just shy of 200,000 signatures) and one at (about 57,000).

While those numbers are sizable, the gathered masses will be significantly smaller: A organizer expects about 40 people to show at Apple's Grand Central Terminal store, where they will deliver hard copies of the petitions at 10am ET. Among the groups' demands: an "ethical iPhone," the creation of a "worker protection strategy," and the revelation of any findings made by the independent watchdog Fair Labor Association. A rep tells the Washington Post that the protests were never intended to be massive: The point, she says, is just to make sure Apple is aware of its customers' concerns. (Click to read details from Apple's own reports on suppliers' awful working conditions.)

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