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Protesters in San Francisco form blockade around Google bus

Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 5:53 PM ET
Googlebus protest according to "Tigerbeat" Instagram user.
Source: Tigerbeat | Instagram
Googlebus protest according to "Tigerbeat" Instagram user.

It's the people versus the tech companies in San Francisco these days.

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Protesters surrounded a private Google shuttle in San Francisco on Monday, halting it from transporting employees to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., according to a report by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

The protest was organized by the "San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency" in order to condemn the company's use of public bus stops without paying a fee.

"We certainly don't want to cause any inconvenience to SF residents and we and others in our industry are working with SFMTA to agree a policy on shuttles in the city," a Google spokesperson told CNBC.

However, as pointed out in the report, the protest is really about how gentrification is reshaping the city and how rising housing costs are pushing longtime residents out of their homes.

During the protest there was a heated moment where a man who got off the Google bus and started angrily yelling at the protesters, telling them to leave San Francisco if they couldn't afford it.

However, it was later discovered that the man who caused the commotion was a union organizer and acted the way he did to bring more attention to the protest.

"People are talking all over the country about what's happening in San Francisco (referring to evictions and displacement). That's the debate we need to have here. The more we talk about it, the more we think about it, the more we're going to see the tech companies need to contribute," he told the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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Read the full report on the San Francisco Bay Guardian's website.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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