Philadelphia taxi drivers refused to give rides to members of the white nationalist “Proud Boys,” after a rally where the far-right group was vastly outnumbered by anti-racist protesters.
Videos show cab and Uber drivers, who arrived after far-right rally ended, leaving with their cars empty when they were told by anti-racist protesters of their racist and neo-Nazi politics, HuffPost reported Saturday.
The “We the People” rally, organized on a Facebook group run by Proud Boys, attracted other right-wing extremists, including members of the Three Percenters, a white nationalist militia, and people who described themselves as Trump supporters.
At the rally, the two sides were kept separate by metal barricades and rows of police.
This is completely surreal. Fascists are trying to take taxis , but the drivers keep leaving whenever they realize what’s happening. pic.twitter.com/lcwPucpSPf
— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) November 17, 2018
Tensions flared, the Daily Beast reported, after a group of Proud Boys crossed a police line and confronted the anti-racist demonstrators.
Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys, was giving a speech inside The Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City, while the anti-fascist protesters gathered outside. McInnes is a co-founder of Vice Media but left the company in 2008.
“This is completely surreal,” Vice News correspondent Tess Owen wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Fascists are trying to take taxis, but the drivers keep leaving whenever they realize what’s happening.”
Owen reported that police tried to help far-right attendees leave the rally by Ubers. But when an Uber would arrive, “protesters would swarm and tell the driver they were about to pick up fascists, and the Uber would speed off,” Owen wrote.