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D.C. Transit Scraps Idea For White Nationalist Train After Union Complaints

D.C. Transit Scraps Idea For White Nationalist Train After Union Complaints

The "Unite the Right" rally is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Metro is making preparations to ensure safe travels for riders and employees. 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?

"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", ATU Local 698 said in a statement.

"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 (Metro General Manager) Mr. Wiedefeld to make these unprecedented special accommodations for a hate group".

"We're not trying to give anyone special treatment", Evans said, according to the Washington Post. "We're just trying to avoid scuffles and things of that nature". "We'd like to keep the groups separate".

"More than 80 percent 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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White nationalists punch a protester in his head behind Emancipation park during the Unite the Right Rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.

The rally is expected to mark the organization's one-year anniversary since their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

During the rally, a white supremacist, 21-year-old James Fields Jr., rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

In reference to the union's statement, Evans told NBC Washington that he did not know where the union got that information and that he has never been part of any discussion that considered separate cars or trains.