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People’s Convoy Arrives in Washington DC, Circling Beltway and Protesting Covid Restrictions

People’s Convoy Arrives in Washington DC, Circling Beltway and Protesting Covid Restrictions

And while the disruptions were few for the weekend loops, Beltway travel may get more chaotic as more and slower loops are planned for the next week.

After traveling across the nation, the People’s Convoy arrived in Washington, DC (with stops for rallies along the way). The 1000-vehicle group is circling the beltway in protest of continuing covid restrictions.

The self-styled People’s Convoy, estimated to span 30 miles, left traffic in a standstill along the 64-mile Beltway after it departed from the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland.

Convoy organizer Brian Brase instructed the group to ‘hold the line’ before they embarked on their journey. They planned to circle the interstate twice, at the minimum speed limit, to slow traffic and get their message to lawmakers.

‘I beg of you to stay with the convoy. I beg of you to stay with the convoy and then come back down here, meet again and talk about our next plan,’ he cautioned.

A group of semi-tractors led the convoy, followed by trucks with trailers, campers and then cars. According to DailyMail.com reporters trailing the group, traffic crawled for a while – traveling at speeds of about 10 to 20 miles per hour – and reached a ‘comfortable speed’ of travel, before causing a standstill on the entire beltway.

The event was essentially a slow-moving truck parade, completed with American flags.

On Sunday morning, many left in convoy to drive slow laps on the Beltway, a highway that encircles the city. They honked their horns as they set off, while onlookers waved American flags, according to a Reuters witness.

The convoy, more than 2 miles long, was slowing traffic at points along the Beltway by late Sunday morning, but not bringing it to a standstill.

The convoy’s protest against vaccine requirements and other pandemic restrictions has been undercut in recent weeks as major U.S. cities have rolled back mask mandates and other measures against COVID-19.

And while the disruptions were few for the weekend loops, Beltway travel may get more chaotic as more and slower loops are planned for the next week.

“It is an unpredictable and fluid event that we are witnessing,” said Christopher Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. “Our residents, commuters and visitors should expect traffic disruptions over the next several days.”

The Department of Defense has agreed to extend the presence of the D.C. National Guard through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Rodriguez said D.C. police are working with Virginia and Maryland state police to monitor the situation.

“While we respect everyone’s rights to come to the nation’s capital and exercise their first amendment rights, what we won’t tolerate are people who break our laws,” Rodriguez said.

Convoy organizer Brian Brase has repeatedly said the People’s Convoy will not enter the District. Instead, the demonstrators, who have based themselves at the Hagerstown Speedway, plan to increase the number of trips around the Beltway each day to pressure lawmakers and public officials.

It is heartening to see there are no reports about entrapment activities. Let’s hope the protesters stay frosty.

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Comments

nordic_prince | March 7, 2022 at 11:52 am

On the one hand, planndemic measures are being rolled back in most states.

On the other hand, these governors still cling to the idea that they can impose such “emergency” measures again at the drop of another accidentally-on-purpose bug…and Biden extended the U.S. national emergency due to “COVID-19 health risk,” saying “There remains a need to continue this national emergency.”

They’re not giving up… they’re merely laying low until a more convenient opportunity arise once again.

2smartforlibs | March 7, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Liberal have known for decades to push until there is push back then stop and push again later until you reach your objective. Once that happens the debate stops the left will no longer allow it. The opposition has no opportunity to push back.

Seems like a giant waste of time, restrictions are practically non existent

    henrybowman in reply to Fatkins. | March 7, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    If going somewhere where they don’t want you just to piss off the people there is such a waste of time, then why do you come here?

      Just another liberal agent provocateur, coming here for the sole purpose of attempting to incite a response that it can then take back to it’s masters as an example of right-wing intolerance.

      healthguyfsu in reply to henrybowman. | March 7, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      I actually agree with the troll here.

      Although I think the mandate is worth protesting, the removal of mask overlords kinda minimized this.

        henrybowman in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 7, 2022 at 3:24 pm

        Yeah, like New York City “removed” its insane gun transport restrictions once the Supreme Court was considering them and they were 3/4 of the way to a loss… fully intending to reinstitute the same or better once the proctors were no longer looking.

        gospace in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 7, 2022 at 5:36 pm

        Dictator Hochul continues her support and orders for the 5 and under age to be masked because the vaccine isn’t approved for them. The same is going on elsewhere- You need to pay more attention.

        Health care facilities in most states still require masking. From the news I’ve seen exactly one health care system no longer requiring visitors and staff to be masked at all times. Obviously not in the Empire of NY, where Dictator Hochul still mandates it.

        And the Red Cross still requires masking as you donate blood or platelets nationwide. Even though a significant number of formerly regular donors have failed to show up since the requirement started. Curiously I just receiveed an email from them they’ve started to test donation for covid antibodies again so my upcoming platelet donation where I’ll uselessly don a surgical mask they provide (I won’t wear a cloth one for the 2.5 or so hours required) will be tested to see if my plasma can be used in patients who have severe covid. I thought that particular practice had been abandoned because “studies” showed it didn’t work… Maybe the health profession has decided to start treating people before they end up in the ICU.

        Fatkins in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 7, 2022 at 6:01 pm

        Exactly

    dmacleo in reply to Fatkins. | March 7, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    as of 6 days ago still need to be vaccinated to cross us/canada border
    https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions
    you think maybe truckers cross that border????

    gospace in reply to Fatkins. | March 8, 2022 at 2:54 am

    You really aren’t paying attention, are you? Here’s the headline: State Agency Conducted ‘Mask Raids,’ Interviewed Preschoolers Alone,

    I wouldn’t vote to convict any parent or grandparent who took action to address the agents actions- since there is no legal recourse. I’m in favor of rope, lamppost, assembly. Or for the bosses- mobs. pitchforks, and torches.

henrybowman | March 7, 2022 at 1:06 pm

“Five mile clog” sounded like a failure until I realized it was Sunday. Any weekday at rush hour the normal traffic is twice that. Hopefully, today the backup will reach snowstorm levels.

Protest Mengele mandates for experimental medical treatments with excessive short-term adverse events and progressive efficacy in time and variants, infections and transmission, and physical barriers that follow the cargo cult, not the science, while throwing granny under the bus in planned parent/hood.

Burn, loot, murder… abort, OK. But, don’t you dare stop. And don’t you dare honk. Or Pelosi, the Capitol Heroinesse, will swing her mallet and deny, perhaps abort, your civil.

And the “media” refuses to talk about it
Don’t see, never happened

The Video does not so much of the convoy. I seen more traffic than that on the beltway on a Sat. 5 am.

Traffic Map does not look any different than it normally does.

https://wtop.com/traffic/

Covid-1, 2, 3… 19, 20, 21, or 22? Oh, that’s right. This was our first contact with a corona virus. Our children may… will never be able to remove their masks past, present, and progressive.

I will delay my travels north around 495 until the traffic improves.

https://twitter.com/VigilantFox/status/1500573401676660740

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Eddie Coyle | March 8, 2022 at 8:42 am

Much as I despise the fascist Left’s response in Canada, that protest made little sense, and this one, a month and a half later, even less. There is trucking work available aplenty, if you don’t want to get vaxed, don’t do the border crossings. As stupid as the rule is, losing a month’s pay makes no sense. This one strikes me as a bunch of guys looked up at Canada & said “me too”.