WASHINGTON - An alt-right activist has postponed marches that were set to be held in protest of Google in several cities, including Washington D.C., on Saturday.
Jack Posobiec, a prominent voice in the alt-right movement, announced the marches in response to Google’s firing of engineer James Damore.
Damore said he was fired after a document he wrote titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” was spread internally at the company. The document criticized the tech company’s diversity policies and accused it of silencing conservative opinions. It also claimed the shortage of women in the tech industry could be caused by biological differences between men and women.
“Google is a monopoly, and its abusing its power to silence dissent and manipulate election results. Their company YouTube is censoring and silencing dissenting voices by creating “ghettos” for videos questioning the dominant narrative. The firing of James Damore for calling out Google’s Echo Chamber of Ideology is only further proof of Google’s insidious anti-free speech agenda. We will thus be Marching on Google!”
Google announced it canceled the registration of neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer for violating its terms of service, after it posted an article mocking a woman who was run over and killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. GoDaddy had canceled the site’s domain name, but it was back up after the website’s publisher announced he had retaken control of the site.
The #MarchOnGoogle website said the protest was not an alt-right event, but a First Amendment rally.
But Posobiec later announced the events were postponed "due to credible Alt Left terrorist threats." The website for the events blamed mainstream media such as CNN for making "false statements" that the marches were "being organized by Nazi sympathizers."
Among the threats included someone threatening to drive a car into the protesters, according to the website. The website notified police of the threats and hoped to hold the marches in the following weeks, according to its organizers.
DC’s march had been set to be held at 25 Massachusetts Ave., NW between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday, according to the website.
Similar marches had been planned for New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Austin, Texas, Mountain View, California, and Kirkland, Washington.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.