- Scores of truckers began their 11-day trek from California to Washington DC on Wednesday in an effort to protest COVID-19 vaccine and mandates after the cavalcade raised more than $464,000 in donations
- The People’s Convoy has called on the federal government to end the National Emergency enacted at the start of the pandemic, which President Joe Biden extended on Friday despite calls from Congress to end it
- Organizers and participants argue the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and mandates are unconstitutional and claim the ‘government has forgotten its place’
- The organizers also claim the convoy is ‘about freedom and unity,’ noting the truckers are ‘riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds’
- The cavalcade will set off from the Adelanto Stadium at midday PST Wednesday and will make several stops across the nation, before its anticipated arrival at the DC Beltway on March 5
- People’s Convoy organizers claim they do not intend to disrupt roads or bridges, like the Canadian Freedom Convoy protest did, however some truckers are swearing to disrupt traffic in the nation’s capital
- The District of Columbia government – including Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser – and the U.S. Capitol Police are requesting the National Guard assistance
- DC leaders have also increased police presence in the city and plan to reinstall the fencing that surrounded the Capitol complex for much of 2021
Scores of truckers began their 11-day trek from California to the Beltway, a major highway encircling Washington DC, on Wednesday in an effort to protest COVID-19 vaccine and mandates after the cavalcade raised more than $464,000 in donations.
The People’s Convoy – comprised of more than two dozen 18-wheeler trucks, along with about 50 pickups and recreational vehicles – has called on the federal government to end the National Emergency enacted at the start of the pandemic, arguing the threat posed by the coronavirus has now receded.
President Joe Biden extended the emergency – which was set to expire next week – last Friday. He did so after arguing that ‘the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the nation’.
Inspired by Canada’s Freedom Convoy – which included weeks of demonstrations and blockades that shut down border crossings into the US – the People’s Convoy argues the ‘government has forgotten its place’ and seeks to advocate for all Americans impacted by unconstitutional restrictions. Around 25 separate convoys are expected to join the group in DC… Read more (Daily Mail)
Hundreds of unarmed National Guard troops will be deployed in Washington before the arrival of trucker convoys protesting pandemic restrictions.
The move comes after Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin approved a request from the US Capitol police. A statement confirming some 50 “large tactical vehicles” will be stationed at traffic posts 24 hours a day from Saturday until March 7.
The US Capitol Police said last week that several trucker convoys were planning to converge on Washington around the time of President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1.
Over a thousand vehicles are now outside Adelanto Stadium, as ‘The People’s Convoy’ towards Washington DC prepares to depart from California
Meanwhile Canadian embassy in New York City, activists sing and dance in support of freedom for the people of Canada