1 min read.Updated: 11 Jan 2020, 06:22 PM ISTReuters
Details of Bezos' visit, including his arrival date and the duration of his stay are not known
The Confederation of All India Traders, a group representing roughly 70 million brick-and-mortar retailers, said it will protest across 300 cities during Bezos' stay in the country
New Delhi: Thousands of small-scale traders in India are planning to organise protests against Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos, who will visit the country next week for a company event and potential meetings with government officials.
Bezos will participate in an Amazon event in capital New Delhi aimed at connecting with small and medium-sized enterprises, three sources told Reuters.
Amazon has previously said its platform provides business opportunities to thousands of small sellers, artisans, weavers and women entrepreneurs. But CAIT is not convinced.
"We plan to organise peaceful rallies against Jeff Bezos in all major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata as well as smaller towns and cities," Praveen Khandelwal, the group's secretary general told Reuters.
"We expect to mobilise at least 100,000 traders in the protests."
With its 1.3 billion population and the world's second-biggest smartphone user base that relies on cheap data for social media and online shopping, India is a key market for U.S. retailers Amazon and Walmart to grow their business.
Discounts on their platforms have helped lure Indians to shop online for everything from groceries to large electronic devices, a phenomenon which traders say has unfairly hurt their business.
New Delhi introduced rules last year to protect nearly 130 million people dependent on small-scale retail -- a key voter base -- by deterring large online discounts.
The rules forced e-commerce firms to change their business structures, drawing criticism from the United States and straining the two countries' trade ties.
The federal commerce ministry is reviewing complaints and evidence filed by CAIT against Flipkart and Amazon, Reuters reported previously.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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