Airbnb, a popular alternate to hotels, has canceled a booking for a group that had planned to stay in Charlottesville, Virginia, for purposes of attending a rally.
Freedom of assembly, anyone?
Airbnb told the coordinator of the rally, Jason Kessler, that his group had violated the company’s standards.
The Daily Caller News Foundation has more:
Airbnb told event coordinator Jason Kessler that the group violated the company’s community standards, which requires that all members “accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or age.”
Airbnb canceled the reservations made for the use of a white supremacist group that uses the name “SCNazi” on Facebook. Officials with the group announced plans to attend the rally, offering to organize lodging as well as travel and other considerations for members and supporters exclusively through the private Facebook group.
In addition to canceling the bookings SCNazi made to reserve nine separate homes for its members, group leaders reported their accounts were permanently deleted for failing to live up to the Airbnb community guidelines, according to Vice.
“It’s time for the #AltRight to flex its muscles and boycott @Airbnb. Also need to consider a lawsuit,” event coordinator Jason Kessler write on Twitter.
White Nationalist Richard Spencer decried the fact that the city of Charlottesville formerly ordered the event be moved to a location just outside the city. “We are clearly in the right and we can win,” he asserted on his youtube page declaring the rally will take place as planned. “This is going to be really really fun, see you soon!”
The “Unite the Right” rally will be held in Charlottesville Saturday in response to the city board voting to remove a Confederate statue. A district judge ordered the statue will remain in place, but the group plans to protest the proposed removal during the course of the weekend.