Amazon CEO confronted by protester in Las Vegas

World's richest man heckled by animal rights activist while on stage at a space and robotics event.

    Security removes a protester, second from right, from the stage as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention in Las Vegas [John Locher/Associated Press]
    Security removes a protester, second from right, from the stage as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention in Las Vegas [John Locher/Associated Press]

    The world's richest person, Jeff Bezos, was confronted by an animal rights activist on Tuesday.

    The founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, Inc. was being interviewed in front of a large crowd at a conference that his company organised in Las Vegas when a woman jumped on stage and shouted grievances at him about chicken farms.

    As he was explaining Amazon's plans to send satellites into space, the activist appeared on stage with a flower in her hand and introduced herself. She never got close to the billionaire businessman.

    Bezos heckler on stage in Las Vegas
    Direct Action Everywhere identified the protester as 30-year-old Priya Sawhney of Berkeley, California [John Locher/ AP Photo]

    Direct Action Everywhere, an international grassroots animal rights organisation, identified the protester as 30-year-old Priya Sawhney of Berkeley, California. 

    A spokesperson for the organisation, Matt Johnson, says Sawhney was trying to bring attention to conditions at a California poultry farm that supplies goods to Amazon, which is based in the United States

    According to Bloomberg News, Amazon.com Inc. spends about $1.6 million a year on personal security for Bezos, its founder and CEO.

    SOURCE: News agencies