Metro is considering providing separate trains for participants of the "Unite the Right" White Nationalist Rally August 12, CEO Jack Evans said Friday. [19659006Evanssaidthemovewouldbeanattempttopreventviolencebetweenrallyparticipantsandcounter-protesters
"We have not decided anything," Evans said about talks he met with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and DC Police Chief Peter Newsham "We're just trying to find possible solutions to how we can all get to safety."
The event is being organized by the White Racist group, which met last summer in Charlottesville for protests, violent clashes and the death of In addition, two state police forces were killed by Virginia when their helicopter crashed.
The permit submitted by the organizers santrag sees this month's event as a "White Civil Rights Convention" at Lafayette Square protesting against the abuse of rights in Charlottesville "
Evans, who is also a member of the Democratic DC Council and represents Ward 2, said the officials were worried that the tension of the event could lead to physical clashes between the participants and those who could protest in protest.
Among the potential scenarios to avert violence, Evans said rally attendees could gather at the East Falls Church Metro Station, board a special train on a train to Foggy Bottom, and then get a police escort to the rally.
Evans He said he and Wiedefeld would recognize the logistical difficulties of such a plan. How could they enforce a separation between the "Unite the Right" participants and the counter-protests? What happens when union members, railway operators and station managers refuse to train white racists?
And perhaps most importantly, what this could do for future district protests and political events that could cause tensions and pose a threat to violence
"We are not trying to give anyone special treatment," Evans said. "We're just trying to avoid squabbles and things like that."
Evans said officials also consider allowing anyone to use every move they want and to increase police presence on the trains.
We do not know who's coming, how many people are waiting for this thing and if it's going to happen at all, "said Evans." We're trying to prepare ourselves. "
He said that the plans for police response The rally is unlikely to be completed until the day before the event.
"As with all events of this nature, Metro is also working with law enforcement agencies to ensure safe travel for our customers and employees," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. 19659019] "Transit Police conducts ongoing talks with MPD, the leading agency for August 12, and Virginia State Police and others on how to keep everyone safe that day," Stessel said in an email. "While details of the plan At this stage, I can tell you that it is not yet completed. "
Plans for the special trains were first made by Metro's largest union, Amalga mated Transit Union Local 689 published a statement that expressed outrage at the idea that Metro would provide "private" cars for "unite the right" participants.
"Sources share with ATU Local 689 that a hate group with Ku Klux-Klan affiliation will receive three private subway trains Cars and police escort to Foggy Bottom Metro Station for the & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; 39; 2018 rally, "the union said in its statement.
ATU Local 689 President Jackie Jeter said that the members of the union, most of whom are people. Englisch: www.db-artmag.de/2003/11/e/2/98.php to provide transit to all participants for the many events that we have in DC March of Life, March of Women and the Black Life Events, "Jeter said." We are pushing the line to offer special accommodation to hate groups and hate speech
Jeter also cited a recent legal case in which a court upheld Metro's decision to ban "controversial" publicity from the bus and subway system.Jeter's statement indicated that Metro believes that Metro should use the same standard to determine whose special transit needs to be adapted.
"Given that the courts have given Metro the opportunity to refuse ads on buses and trains that are 'problem oriented' It is hypocritical for [Wiedefeld] to make these unprecedented special accommodations for a hate group, "said Jeter.
"More than 80% of the members of Local 689 are Colored, the very same people who are the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalists who have killed, harassed and injured groups The union has stated that they do not matter in their special accommodation will play, "the union said.
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