Demonstrators in hazmat suits protested Google plans for a San Jose office complex by obstructing a shuttle bus for tech workers.

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Protesters Block Google Bus In San Jose Over Company's 'Toxic' Plans

Matt Bigler
October 18, 2018 - 10:44 am

SAN JOSE — Protesters dressed in hazmat suits obstructed a shuttle bus for Google workers in San Jose on Thursday.

About two dozen protesters impeded the commuter bus for 90 minutes until police intervened, enabling the driver to continue to Mountain View. 

Protesters objected to Google's plans for a massive complex in downtown San Jose. Carrying signs that said "Sweep Tech Not Tents," they called the search engine company "toxic" and feared it would cause gentrification and displacement. 

Google has expansive plans for property its acquired near the iconic Diridon train station in San Jose. The company intends to construct homes, shops, restaurants, parks and office space for 15,000 to 20,000 employees, according to the Mercury News

The company's free shuttle buses for employees have previously been an object of derision. Opponents in 2013 blocked shuttles in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, saying that the transportation perk for high-paid tech workers contributed to rising rents in the historic Latino neighborhood.