Members of the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated hate group, Unite the Right, may receive special accommodations from Washington, D.C.'s Metro for their rally next weekend.
According to ABC7 DC, Metro's union, ATU Local 689, have been told that the hate group will be provided three private Metro rail cars as well as a police escort that will stop at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station on August 11 and 12.
The group is expected to march through the streets of D.C. before arriving at Lafayette Park for a rally.
The ATU confirms that they 'have been informed and are encouraged to follow safety protocol in the presence of this hate group if the rumored special accommodations General Manager Paul Wiedefeld plans to give are true.'
The union's president, Jackie Jeter, said in a statement 'Local 689 is proud to provide transit to everyone for the many events we have in D.C. including the March of Life, the Women's March and Black Lives Matters.'
'We draw the line at giving special accommodation to hate groups and hate speech, especially considering that the courts granted Metro the ability to deny ads on buses and trains that are 'issue-oriented,' we find it hypocritical for Mr. Wiedefeld to make these unprecedented special accommodations for a hate group.'
Following the allegations that Unite the Right is definitively receiving special transit accommodations devoted just to them, Metro released a statement regarding the security plans that have not-yet been set in stone.
'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. Transit Police are engaged in ongoing discussions with MPD, the lead agency for the Aug. 12 event, as well as Virginia State Police and others as to how to keep everyone safe on that day. While details of the plan are security sensitive at this stage, I can tell you that it has *not* been finalized.'
Meanwhile ATU Local 689 says more than 80 per cent of their members are people of color.
The rally is expected to mark the organization's one-year anniversary since their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
That rally saw a man who was linked to the group ram his car into a group of people killing one woman, and injuring several others.
Organizers wanted to return to the scene of last year's bloody protests in Virgina, but were denied permits.
The D.C. rally is expected to draw around 400 marchers near the White House, with an unknown amount of counter protesters.
The National Park Service approved organizer Jason Kessler's application for an Aug. 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.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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