Muhammad Ashraf, a Muslim immigrant, is the owner of the limousine set on fire by anti-Trump protesters in downtown Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day.
Muhammad Ashraf owns Nationwide Chauffeur Services and said the damage will cost him an estimated $70,000.
According to the Washington Examiner, Ashraf spoke with its sister publication, Red Alert Politics, about what happened:
“I have a different point of view,” Ashraf told Red Alert. “I did not agree with many of the things he said, but that still does not give me the right to go and affect someone’s livelihood.”
Ashraf noted that the Women’s March on Washington and in other cities around the country was a model for how to peacefully protest and added, “I really don’t think we need to take this [violent] route.”
Ashraf’s limo driver, Luis Villarroel, 58, just dropped off a client off when things took a turn for the worst.
Protesters were already trashing the town; smashing doors and windows in the area, but when they saw the limo, they began pounding on the luxury car and then smashed rocks and bricks on it, shattering the windows.
Villarroel suffered an injured hand from the shattered glass and had to go to a hospital.
“[We’ve] been in business for over 25 years and this is the first time this has happened,” Ashraf said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the company raise the money if insurance doesn’t cover the protest damage. Ashraf said any money raised beyond paying for the car and medical expenses for his employee will go to charity.
Video of Limo fire and protests below:
Oh my. Limo on fire on D.C. amid the violent protests. FD just showed up pic.twitter.com/X8Xg7R5ooO
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 20, 2017
H/T: Washington Examiner
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