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Google fires employees involved in April 16 protest: reports

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April 16 protest

Last week, members of No Tech for Apartheid staged a protest in Google’s offices to oppose the tech giant’s $1.22-billion contract that will reportedly provide cloud technology to the Israeli government and military.

“Technology should be used to bring people together, not enable apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and settler-colonialism,” the group said on its website.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai slammed the protest on a blog post published last week.

“Ultimately, we are a workplace and our policies and expectations are clear: this is a business, and not a place to act in a way that disrupts co-workers or makes them feel unsafe, to attempt to use the company as a personal platform, or to fight over disruptive issues or debate politics,” he said.

Number of terminated staff

The spokesperson did not disclose the number of employees terminated as a result of the investigation, but the protest organiser, No Tech for Apartheid, said a total of 50 staff were sacked.

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