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Trucker convoys prepare to gather in Washington DC to protest COVID mandates


A loose coalition of American trucker groups say they are preparing to converge on the nation’s capitol next week to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Hoping to mirror the mass gatherings that rocked Canada in recent weeks, the big rig operators and their supporters said they plan to end up near Washington DC to voice their opposition to the mandates.

The largest group — the “People’s Convoy” — has reportedly amassed about 100 vehicles so far and was scheduled to roll through Arizona on Thursday.

The convoy’s 11-day trek is slated to conclude in the vicinity of DC on March 5, according to a press release from the group.

Another phalanx, the “American Truckers Freedom Convoy,” is scheduled to depart from various starting points around the country and arrive in the DC area by March 6, according to their website.

“Freedom convoys are peaceful, non-violent, demonstrations by those who wish to express their constitutional rights,” the site states.

Some organizers have struggled to attract participants, however. A convoy led by businessman Bob Bolus still consists of a handful of vehicles, according to reports.

Supporters wave as participants in the ‘People’s Convoy’, supporters and truckers, drive in a convoy during a cross-country trip.
The “People’s Convoy” was scheduled to roll through Arizona on Thursday.
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A loose coalition of American trucker groups plan to end up near Washington DC to voice their opposition to vaccine mandates.
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Heavy vehicles, including garbage trucks and snow plows, are set near the entrance to Capitol Hill at Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW.
The “American Truckers Freedom Convoy” is departing from various starting points around the country.
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Hoping to stave off any potential unrest, DC placed police on high alert in advance of the arrival of the convoys.

Some of the truckers hope to arrive in time for President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1.

The Pentagon approved a request to send about 700 unarmed National Guard troops before the convoys are expected to arrive.



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