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White supremacists and white nationalists on the road to Washington, D. C., for Sunday the second Unite of the Appropriate rally may have trouble finding a way to get there or a place to eat, according to reports.
In preparation for the rally near the White House, Uber and Lyft told drivers they have the right to kick a passenger out of the car if they are harassed or threatened, The Washington Post reported.
At the same time, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, sent a toolkit to inform restaurant owners of their right to refuse service to white nationalists and other political fringe groups, The Washingtonian reported.
Meanwhile, Twitter suspended many accounts that are linked to the Proud of the Boys, a controversial group of right-wing chauvinists, on Friday, on the eve of the anniversary of the deadly Uniting the Right rally in Charlottesville, the Guardian reported.
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Previously, Airbnb, and threatened to ban users who participate in the rally, Fox News reported.
“When we identify and determine that there are people who would pursuit of behavior on the Airbnb platform that would be perpendicular to the Airbnb Community Engagement, we strive to take appropriate measures, which may include the removal of the platform,” the company confirmed in a statement shared with Fox News.
Rally organiser, Jason Kessler, a permit for Lafayette Park across from the White House. He expects that 400 supporters to show up.
The first “Unite The Right” rally was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, and resulted in violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators. A person was killed when a white supremacist drove into a crowd of counter protesters.
Uber recently sent a message to the drivers in the Washington area, to them of the community guidelines and eject a rate that is intimidating or threatening, The Post reported.
“Regardless of the case, the directors are advised to follow the local laws, but have the right to refuse service to riders who are disrespectful, or that they feel unsafe,” is the message from Uber said.
Lyft drivers received similar instructions, the paper reported
The Washingtonian interviewed several restaurant owners who said that they are a threat to refuse service to those who participate in the rally–or plan to work closely together.
“Our mentality is we’re going to protect each other. This is our city. Our house. Our people,” Founding Farmers owner Simons told the magazine.
“There are times when a guest is rude to an employee and you change the server. We have told our team: this is what it is. You do not need in a space with someone who is advocating for your death and slavery,” he added.
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Ellen Kassoff Gray, owners of Equinox restaurant near the White House, also said that they would refuse to serve those who espouse hatred.
“I will proudly remain open and serve those who are respectful and friendly. But being a Jewish owner of a restaurant and having a pro-Nazi group coming to the city, I would refuse service? Yes, I will,” Kassoff Gray told The Washingtonian.
Alan Popovsky, owner of Lincoln restaurant, said the restaurant is open for brunch on Sunday to close for the dinner at all, according to the magazine.
As far as the Pride on the Boys, authenticated accounts that belong to the group and its founder, Gavin McInnes, were suspended for violating Twitter’s policy against “violent extremist groups”, says the Guardian.
A number of unauthenticated accounts for various Proud of the Boys chapters were suspended, the paper reported.