Uber and Lyft drivers can refuse customers involved in Unite the Right

Antifa and the white nationalists clash at the Unite the Right rally last year in Charlottesville. Uber and Lyft are allowing drivers to refuse service this year in DC

Uber and Lyft joined Airbnb by saying they can refuse service to protesters involved in the Unite the Right rally this weekend.

The controversial event is planned for Lafayette Park in Washington DC on Sunday, the first anniversary of the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, which turned into deadly clashes.

Both companies shared statements this week that, without directly reporting Unite the Right participants, made it clear that drivers could deny service to anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable or violates anti-discrimination guidelines.

Uber said in a note to the drivers that the guidelines of their community were intended to ensure that everyone in the vehicle has a shared standard of respect, responsibility and common courtesy & # 39;

Antifa and the white nationalists clash at the Unite the Right rally last year in Charlottesville. Uber and Lyft are allowing drivers to refuse service this year in DC

Antifa and the white nationalists clash at the Unite the Right rally last year in Charlottesville. Uber and Lyft are allowing drivers to refuse service this year in DC

The company said in a statement to CBS News that drivers have the right to refuse service to passengers who are disrespectful or make them feel insecure.

Lyft told the store that if drivers ever feel uncomfortable or are not respected by a passenger, they can cancel that trip.

Earlier in the week, Airbnb warned that it could ban protesters participating in Unite the Right.

The company said that protesters who violate the values ​​of the AirBnb community run the risk of their accommodations being canceled and the accounts removed.

Airbnb said that all its users must accept their policies, which state that they must: "treat everyone in the Airbnb community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age". – With respect, and without trial or bias & # 39;

"When we identify and determine that there are those who would seek behavior on the Airbnb platform that would be contrary to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action, which may include removing it from the platform," Airbnb said in a statement. statement provided to ABC News.

Uber said in a note to the drivers that the guidelines of their community were intended to ensure that everyone in the vehicle has a shared standard of respect, responsibility and common courtesy & # 39;

Uber said in a note to the drivers that the guidelines of their community were intended to ensure that everyone in the vehicle has a shared standard of respect, responsibility and common courtesy & # 39;

Uber said in a note to the drivers that the guidelines of their community were intended to ensure that everyone in the vehicle has a shared standard of respect, responsibility and common courtesy & # 39;

The Sunday rally is being organized by the same people behind the infamous Charlottesville rally.

Airbnb canceled reservations and accounts before the Charlottesville rally last year.

"We acted before last year's horrific event in Charlottesville and if we learn about similar information, we will not hesitate to do it again," they said in a statement.

Washington authorities raised the emergency level of the capital to allow additional resources to prevent violence before the protest, but some are preparing for confrontation.

Last year's protests in Charlottesville began on August 11 and saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers shout white nationalist slogans.

They had met to protest the efforts to eliminate the statues of the Confederate leaders, including one of the Confederate's top generals, Robert E Lee.

When the demonstrations continued on August 12, clashes broke out between the Unite the Right protesters and the antifascists of a group dressed in black called Antifa.

The violence culminated when a car got into a car against a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing a woman and wounding 19 people.

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