The white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally that terrorized Charlottesville, Virginia, past year is coming to Washington, D.C., next week. If Antifa, #BlackLivesMatter, the Nation of Islam wanted to have their own special escort trains to protest actions, would they be provided the same and equal escort protection by the Metro? "The union has declared that it will not play a role in their special accommodation".
One of the plans Metro had been considering included isolating certain trains or train cars for rally attendees to separate them from other riders.
One day after causing a stir with its largest union, Metro is tracking back on the idea of separate trains for white nationalists attending a rally.
Meanwhile ATU Local 689 says more than 80 per cent of their members are people of color.
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The National Park Service approved organizer Jason Kessler's application for an August 12 "white civil rights" rally at Lafayette Square, near the White House, but it is unclear if an official permit has been granted as of yet. "We draw the line at giving special accommodation to hate groups and hate speech".
"As we do for all events of this nature, Metro is working collaboratively with law enforcement to ensure safe travel for our customers and employees". "Here we are in Washington D.C., the home of the president of the United States".
The rally will take place on the anniversary of the Charlottesville protests.
The upcoming rally, which will be held near the White House, is being organized by the same group of white nationalists who planned last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.
"Sources have shared with ATU Local 689 that a hate group with Ku Klux Klan affiliation will be provided three private Metro rail cars and police escort to Foggy Bottom Metro Station for the "Unite the Right" 2018 rally," the union said.