Tech Bus Protest, 24th Street & Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

Two Tech Busses Blocked
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The protest started when protesters piled electric scooters in front of tech buses to prevent them from passing through the intersection. Coming down 24th Street, two tech buses had been stopped. Sadly, an SFMTA MUNI bus had also been stopped. Fortunately, the MUNI bus let off its passengers so they could walk the two blocks to 24th and Mission.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:57:30 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6652
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Valencia Stoppage
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Two tech buses had also been stopped on Valencia. In this instance, a bicycle had been laid on the ground to block the bus's passage.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:57:40 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6653
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Uphill Bus
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The bus, heading uphill toward Noe Valley, had been stopped by three protesters holding a banner.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:57:43 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6654
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Crowd
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A crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the protest.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:57:54 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6655
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Two Police Cars
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Eventually two police cars arrived. The were not there to break up the protest, merely to observe, and to insure a peaceful protest.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:58:04 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6656
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Three Busses
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A total of three buses had been blocked while traveling south on Valencia Street.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 08:58:42 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6658
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Orange Flare
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All the protesters had been wearing paint masks. The assumption was that the masks were for anonymity. In actual practice, they were in anticipation of orange smoke.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 09:00:04 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6661
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A Video
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A short video of the protest so you can appreciate the sounds as well as the action.


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End Of World Color
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The orange smoke gave the scene an end-of-world feeling, complete with a person playing a snare drum.


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Sweep Tech Not Tents
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The sign read in part, "Sweep Tech Not Tents." This refers to the recent police ceasing of homeless people's tents. The irony is that many people became homeless because of the influx of high-paid tech workers.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 09:00:38 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6665
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Smoke Cleared
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The smoke cleared and the protest continued to drag on. Its sense of spontaneity gave way to a more somber wait for its conclusion.


Tech Bus Protest external link   •  24th Street & Valencia Street external link   •  San Francisco external link California external link   •  (Date Photographed: 09:11:18 Thursday 31 May 2018)   •  Date Published: Friday 22 June 2018)   •  © 2018 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #C18_6668
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