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Washington transportation officials are considering running separate trains for people headed to next weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally, according to reports.
According to the Washington Post, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board chairman Jack Evans said Friday that the organization hasn’t made any final decisions on how they will handle transportation for the attendees of the white supremacist rally in Lafayette Park.
The article goes on to state the following:
The proposal is one option officials are weighing to try to head off clashes between rally participants and protesters. “We’re not trying to give anyone special treatment,” Evans said.
#BREAKING: ATU Local 689 sources say KKK-affiliated hate group to be provided with 3 private Metro rail cars and police escort on day of ‘Unite the Right Rally’ in D.C. https://t.co/Yg6lPlKfBC pic.twitter.com/bzzBiGm6jT
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) August 3, 2018
The gathering, billed by organizers as a “white civil rights” rally, is planned for Aug. 12, the anniversary of last year’s event in Charlottesville, Va. Organizers claimed the original rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, was in protest of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heyer died after being hit by a vehicle driven into the crowd by a self-identified neo-Nazi.
Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, the union that represents many WMATA employees, issued a statement that the union “will not play a role” in providing special accommodations for protesters.
“More than 80% of Local 689’s membership is people of color, the very people that the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups have killed, harassed and violated,” the union’s statement said.
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