The first of several trucker convoys headed to the DC area this week is expected to arrive today.
Protest organizer Bob Bolus of Scranton, PA, almost called his convoy off this morning when only a handful of trucks showed up at the starting point, but ultimately decided to proceed as scheduled around 10:30am, according to Kevin Lewis from ABC7.
The convoys aim to shut down the Capital Beltway in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and are inspired by the several weeks long “Freedom Covoy” protests that occurred in Ottawa, Canada.
The Pentagon has approved 700 National Guard personnel to be deployed to help control traffic, according to CBS News.
A second convoy is scheduled to leave from California on Friday with the goal of reaching DC on March 1. According to organizers, “This freedom rally will stand united and peaceful— until we can celebrate ALL states lifted mandates and ALL children free of masks and dictation. We will remain peaceful and God fearing the entire duration of our rally!”
Drivers are advised to avoid I-495 and seek alternate routes during this time.