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Activists target Alibaba's European hub plans

Protesters argue Liege logistics center bad for climate and environment

Watching Alibaba protesters piled up boxes in downtown Liege on Jan. 17 to signify how, in their view, Alibaba’s planned logistics hub would overwhelm the city. The labeled box reads, “Alibaba, we don’t want it.” (imago images/Belga)

HAMBURG, Germany -- Alibaba Group Holding executives shook hands with top Belgian leaders a year ago on a deal to make the eastern city of Liege the first European hub for the company's Electronic World Trade Platform. The e-commerce company promised to invest more than $80 million and hire hundreds of workers to operate a logistics center.

Now Watching Alibaba, a coalition of environmental and anti-globalization groups including Extinction Rebellion and the local branch of Greenpeace, have joined forces to try to halt the plan.

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