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San Franciscans protest Google I/O

San Franciscans protest Google I/O

The cold war between Google and San Franciscans not in the tech industry just came to a head at Google's I/O event.

Protesters dressed themselves up as Star Wars characters, parodying Google's "Don't be evil" motto.

San Francisco is a relatively small city with a high cost of living. Protesters claim that rent skyrocketed after Google made a full-force push into the city.

The I/O protest is a continuation of a previous protest held against a Google lawyer for evicting all of the residents from a 7-unit town home.

The protest peaked when one of the evicted tenants, Claudia Tirado, interrupted the conference.

She was interviewed by Mission Local, a San Francisco blog.

Tirado is currently a resident facing eviction from 812 Guerrero, which is owned by Google lawyer Jack Halprin.

According to Tirado, an I/O conference employee gave her a badge and let her in, so she was able to sneak past security and the guards and into the conference onto the stage.

“I just want to play, Google played, and I just want to play,” Tirado said.

Google has kept mostly silent about the tensions between the company and San Francisco natives.

Tirado, however, claims that she spoke with Rachel Whetstone, Google's senior VP of communications.

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