Washington | The private housing rental specialist Airbnb announced Wednesday the cancellation and blocking of reservations on its platform in Washington during the week of the inauguration of future US President Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20.
“Airbnb will cancel reservations in Washington and its suburbs during nomination week,” the company said in a statement. “In addition, we will prevent any new reservations in Washington and its suburbs during this period by blocking such reservations.”
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The company has ensured that customers whose reservations are canceled will be fully refunded. Hosts will also be compensated by Airbnb for the amount they should have received.
The move comes a week after riots on Capitol Hill, stormed for several hours by supporters of President Donald Trump, who called on crowds to challenge the November presidential election results during a speech in the capital federal government.
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These events had disrupted Congress’ validation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Fearing further violence on the occasion of Mr. Biden’s inauguration, local and federal authorities, including the mayor of Washington and the governors of Maryland and Virginia, the two neighboring states, have called for all travel to be avoided. to town next week.
Several press articles notably revealed that armed militias and violent groups were planning to disrupt the January 20 ceremony.
In Washington, a campaign organized by activists and militant groups has been encouraging Airbnb hosts for several days not to rent their homes during the nomination.
The local branch of Black Lives Matter, for its part, put pressure on hotels not to make their rooms available to people coming from outside.
“We are continuing our work to ensure that members of hate groups are not part of the Airbnb community,” assured the company, which said it had expelled from its platform individuals who took part in the violence on the Capitol on January 6. .