A conservative-led march to protest Google’s anti-free speech has been cancelled—after receiving “alt-left terrorist threats.”
In a statement posted on their website, the group called March on Google, wrote:
“The Peaceful March on Google has been postponed due to credible Alt Left terrorist threats for the safety of our citizen participants.
Despite our clear and straightfoward statements denouncing bigotry and hatred, CNN and other mainstream media made malicious and false statements that our peaceful march was being organized by Nazi sympathizers.
Following the articles, credible threats from known Alt Left terrorist groups have been reported to and relevant authorities have been notified.
In one instance, an Alt Left threat was made to use an automobile to drive into our peaceful march.
We hope to hold our peaceful march in a few weeks’ time.
We look forward to the day when the human right of peaceful Free Speech is once again able to be practiced in America.”
March on Google had events planned at multiple Google offices across the country on August 19.
After the attacks on Charlottesville this weekend, the March on Google made sure to distance themselves from the alt-right and white supremacy groups that were responsible for the death of one protester on Saturday.
“The March on Google condemns and disavows violence, hatred, and bigotry and all groups that espouse it such as White Nationalists, KKK, Antifa, and NeoNazis,” said the group on their website.
They added, “This is an event for First Amendment supporters from across the country, from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and walks of life. We will not tolerate any incendiary actions, messages, remarks, or gestures that go against the respectful, ‘open basket’ spirit of the event.”
The protest stems from a viral letter written by now-former Google employee, James Damore, who suggested that Google’s diversity practices were discriminatory.
The letter, which was published as an internal company document but later leaked, received a hostile reception from the liberal media. They declared it “sexist,” for suggesting that part of Google’s well-documented gender gap came from biological differences between men and women.
Damore was fired, angering many free speech advocates—and also angering 56% of Google employees, who, according to a poll, disagree with the decision to fire their colleague over his letter. Damore is currently “pursuing legal remedies” against Google, in response to his termination.