American tractor-trailer drivers are recreating the Canadian “Freedom Convoy” protest event and are planning to “squeeze” the nation’s capital later this week.
Bob Bolus, an organizer of one of the convoys, told local outlets in Washington, D.C., that the plan is to “squeeze” the nation’s capital like a “boa constrictor” and see the city shut down.
“We will be along the Beltway where the Beltway will be shut down,” he told WTTG-TV.
The Blaze reports:
Bolus owns a truck parts and towing business in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He said he plans to leave for D.C. on Wednesday morning and head to the Capital Beltway.
There he hopes to join other trucker convoys that are making their way to D.C. this week like “The People’s Convoy,” which will leave from California on Wednesday.
“I’ll give you an analogy of that of a giant boa constrictor,” Bolus said. “That basically squeezes you, chokes you and it swallows you, and that’s what we’re going to do to D.C.”
He added that he isn’t sure how many truckers are going to join him but he claims to have heard from hundreds of people so far.
NEW: an organizer of one of the #TruckersForFreedom convoys says the plan is not to park in DC, but to shut down the Beltway.
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) February 20, 2022
He added that the intention is to keep a lane of highway open so that emergency vehicles and first responders can still get to people in emergencies. But he added that the roads will be shut down for people who are just trying to get to work.
According to Newsweek:
Truckers headed toward the nation’s capital are demanding an end to the Emergency Powers Act concerning the pandemic, and to “restore our nation’s constitution.”
Maureen Steele, the national organizer of the effort, told Newsmax that some 1,000 trucks are expected to start the trip and more will join in as the convoy heads east.
“The Canadian convoy was pretty organic when it happened,” said Steele. “Ours, they had a month’s notice, so our concern is disruptive groups coming in. We’re trying to just prepare for counter-protests and to take safety precautions for that.”
“This is about our rights, as well as the freedom of future generations,” organizers of the convoy noted on Facebook. “It’s not about political parties, but more so about a government that has forgotten its place and has no regard for our founding fathers’ instructions.”
The organization said that elected American leaders don’t have the power to deprive citizens of their “fundamental rights” through the implementation of restrictive measures to allegedly slow the spread of COVID-19 including masking, social distancing, and vaccine mandates.
Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department announced plans to deploy civil disturbance units between Feb. 23 and March 1 in preparation for the arrival of several trucker convoys, WUSA0 reported.
News of the American protest comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justice Trudeau invoking his country’s Emergencies Act to disperse a three-week-plus “Freedom Convoy” protest in that country’s capital of Ottawa.
More than 100 demonstrators have been arrested and scores of trucks have been towed by authorities.