Protestors in San Francisco are using electric scooters to blockade Google buses

Protestors in San Francisco are using electric scooters to blockade Google buses

Protestors in San Francisco are using electric scooters to blockade Google buses

- Orange smoke billowed from scooters thrown in front of tech buses Thursday morning in the Mission District in an only-in-San-Francisco protest to decry the ills of gentrification.

The demonstration comes after city Mayor Mark Farrell ordered an "aggressive" push to sweep away homeless encampments. The inequality is particularly stark in San Francisco. Buses and drones we can't use?

The protesters told the Examiner the sweeps show San Francisco treats its homeless population worse than tech-enabled scooters.

This is not the first time that buses carrying employees of Apple and Google to their company headquarters have been attacked by protesters.


Now activists have seized on the hundreds of "shared" scooters which can be rented by the minute from three competing start-up companies -Lime, Bird and Spin - as the latest symbol of the tech industry's disregard for the damaging effect it is having on the Bay Area, from displacement to homelessness.

Hailed by some as a public benefit, derided by others as a public nuisance, the scooters have been temporarily banned by the city starting Monday. "These scooters have more rights than people who are living out here on the streets", said San Jose-based activist Andrew Lee.

Scooters left haphazardly on city sidewalks have been targeted by vandals and dumped in garbage cans and the San Francisco Bay, tossed into trees and smeared with human waste.

The chanted and swore at one man who was trying to board a bus bound for the Google HQ, calling him a "sell-out".

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