San Francisco Protesters Block Apple Bus to Demonstrate Against Evictions, Use of Public Bus Stops

Posted December 20, 2013 at 5:45pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6300 views

Protestors in San Francisco blocked an Apple bus carrying employees to work, demanding that Mayor Edwin Lee stop evictions in the city.

The demonstrators are upset that tech companies are using city bus stops "without permission", driving up rent costs along those routes, not contributing funds to support public infrastructure, and causing the evictions of San Francisco residents who can no longer afford rent.

A flyer handed out when the group of protestors stopped a Google bus earlier in December read as follows:

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STOP THE EVICTIONS NOW!
Today we are the SAN FRANCISCO DISPLACEMENT AND NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACT AGENCY, and we're stopping the injustice in the city's two-tier system where the public pays whille private corporations gain.

Rents and evictions are on the rise. Tech-fuled real estate speculation is the culprit. We say: Enough in Enough! The keys to shape the city to their fancy without the public having any say in it. We say, lets take them back!

Tech Industry private shuttles use over 200 SF MUNI stops approximately 7,100 times in total each day (M-F) without permission or contributing funds to support this public infrastructure. No vehicles other than MUNI are allowed to use these stops. If the tech industry was forced to pay for every illegal use of these stops for the past 2 years, they would owe an estimated $1 billion.
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Joe Fitz Rodriguez, reported on the incident via Twitter saying:

BREAKING: San Francisco protesters commandeer another tech bus, this time from Apple.

Later, as they let the bus go:

Protesters shout "shame" as #techbus heads off to apple HQ in Cupertino.

Take a look at a few photos below...






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bob dupa - December 21, 2013 at 10:19am
this reminds WWII buses and trams marked "only for Germans" and segregation of Negros
George - December 21, 2013 at 8:07am
Ok true
Hal - December 21, 2013 at 7:21am
"typical SF BS" (so true) "they should have to drive their own VW minibus"(Nice one) "don't realize how much revenue is brought in" (right? considering all the tax breaks and still no public bus stop use deal) "Sounds like they need to evict a whole lot more people." (hey if those poor people think they should be here just because they're from here... what they really need to do is transition to straight culture-less white people from wisconsin) "Perhaps the tech companies could leave the area and move to another state" (YAY! More gentrification somewhere else! let's do this) "I would think other cities and states would fall over backwards" (and bend over forward!!) "Lots of high paying jobs, paying income" (For gentrifiers and white people with access!! awesome!!) "If those companies were smart, they would move out of California" (-next CEO of Google) "The political climate in California is far too socialist. " (the health care systems in Canada and Denmark SUCK!!) "Everyone feels they deserve a fair slice, but not everyone is willing to work for it." (they act like privilege and class access actually exist! just bleach your skin and get born into another family already, damn)
sideda - December 21, 2013 at 3:34am
why do these people get their own bus? they should have to drive their own VW minibus like every else
Harvey Milk - December 21, 2013 at 3:29am
they should probably all jump off the GG
Hal - December 21, 2013 at 7:31am
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