A convoy of trucks that left California for Washington, DC, on Friday to protest coronavirus missions arrived in Las Vegas early Saturday with just five trucks in its ranks, organizers said. organizers said, prompting them to remove the convoy and direct the members to merge with the other antis – commanding the groups towards the capital.
The caravan, Freedom Convoy USA 2022, is one of several in the United States, modeled after the Canadian protests, that drove this week on Washington’s side to demand, among other things, an end to pandemic national emergency beginning in March 2020 and ending government regulations requiring face masks and vaccinations.
Based on its Facebook page, the Freedom Convoy’s route began in Los Angeles on Friday and is scheduled to stop in Salt Lake City, Denver and other major cities before arriving in Washington on March 1 for a timely speech. in President Biden’s State. But it seems the group can’t keep its supporters for long.
“There are two other convoys that have a big turn and are heading to the DC area as we speak,” organizers wrote on Facebook early Saturdayrefers to two groups known as the People’s Convoy and the Texas Convoy.
“We are making the decision to send any truckers who plan to meet at our routes to begin arriving in DC for the National Mall event or to join the motorcades listed above when they are about to merge into one,” the organizers wrote.
This decision has drawn mixed reactions.
“I spent days trying to coordinate a rally in support of our truckers. I have three young children and have a full-time job and being thin makes me look silly. I’m pretty heartbroken over all of this,” one person commented on the post.
“I think all the convoys merging together will have a much bigger impact than some smaller convoys. The bigger the better,” wrote a second.
However, another convoy left on Wednesday from Adelanto, California, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles. About 40 trucks showed up, and a demonstration like the Make America Great Again event drew about a hundred more.
Many of those behind the protests appear to be affiliated with far-right organizations and activists, and some are linked to the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Brian Brase, a spokesman for the Ohio-based convoy and truck driver, said the fleet is expected to grow as the trucks make their way across the country. “We believe tens of thousands of people will participate,” he said.
The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., to prepare for convoys and assist with traffic control during any protests. Associated Press reported.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/26/us/trucker-convoy-protest.html After the ranks were cut, a convoy of trucks halted plans to travel to Washington to protest against Covid’s policies, but others are still on track.