Taxi And Uber Drivers Refuse Service To Alt-Right Rally Attendees
As an Atlanta Black Star story shows, you may have the right to espouse whatever views you like as an American, but this doesn’t immunize you from the consequences of making those views public. This is what a group of far-right protestors found out after taxis and Uber drivers kept refusing them service at a rally in Philadelphia.
A “We the People Rally” event was held this weekend by alt-right extremists who called for the “silent majority” to oppose the left and show folks what “patriotism really is” according to Huffington Post. “This event is for all Patriots, Militia, 3%, constitution loving Americans, pro good cop, pro ICE, pro law and order, pro-life, pro-American value, pro-gun and anti-illegal immigration,” the Facebook page for the rally reads. “Will you stand with us? ITS TIME TO SHOW PHILLY WHAT PATRIOTISM REALLY IS!!”
The rally only garnered two dozen people, including two members of the infamous Proud Boys group, but when the protestors attempted to catch a cab, they found themselves with little luck. Several counter protestors who attended the event informed the drivers of the type of rally that their potential customers attended.
“Fascists tried to take off in two Ubers and a taxi but no one will take them, because we keep telling the drivers who they are,” Philadelphia-based activist, Gwen Snyder wrote on Twitter. “This cab driver just kicked them out of his car.”
Snyder added that Philadelphia police officers threatened to cite anti-racist protesters after “telling drivers that their fares are Nazis.” Tess Owens, a Vice News reporter, tweeted on Saturday, “This is completely surreal. Fascists are trying to take taxis, but the drivers keep leaving whenever they realize what’s happening.”
While the original rally page said that “violence, racism, or display of hate by any group or individual is extremely prohibited,” the Philadelphia Enquirer reported that four people were arrested after attendees clashed with counter-protestors.