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Truckers make their way to D.C. to continue protesting COVID restrictions

A group of U.S. truckers planning a major cross-country convoy have released new details about their planned route.

Following weeks of high-profile trucker protest activities in Ottawa and other locations in Canada, a group U.S. truckers are planning a demonstration of their own dubbed “The People’s Convoy” that will kick off later this week.

Starting on Wednesday, February 23, a group of truckers will begin to convoy from Southern California across the U.S., with a final destination in Washington, D.C. The group leaders say that they are seeking an end to all COVID-related mandates.

Organizers say that the event will be “peaceful and unified.”

Group organizers say that they’ll be joined by blue-collar workers as well as retired military personnel and security experts to ensure that the event remains lawful and safe.

The People’s Convoy Route (subject to change)

Day 1: Wednesday, February 23 Morning – Depart Adelanto Stadium, CA Evening – Arrive in Kingman, AZ for overnight stay

Day 2: Thursday, February 24 Morning – Depart Kingman, AZ head east on I-40, toward Lupton, AZ Evening – Arrive in Lupton, AZ for overnight stay

Day 3: Friday, February 25 Morning – Depart Lupton, AZ on I-40 eastbound thru New Mexico Evening – Arrive in Glenrio, TX for overnight stay

Day 4: Saturday, February 26 Morning – Depart Glenrio, TX Evening – Arrive in Elk City, OK area for overnight stay

Day 5: Sunday, February 27 Morning – Depart Elk City, OK area Evening – Arrive in Vinita, OK area for overnight stay

Day 6: Monday, February 28 Morning – Depart Vinita, OK area Evening – Arrive in Sullivan, MO area for overnight stay

Day 7: Tuesday, March 1 Morning – Depart Sullivan, MO area Evening – Arrive in Indianapolis, IN area for overnight stay

Day 8: Wednesday, March 2 Morning – Depart Indianapolis, IN area Evening – Pause for rest in Indianapolis, IN area for overnight stay

Day 9: Thursday, March 3 Morning – Depart Indianapolis, IN area Evening – Arrive in Cambridge, OH area for overnight stay

Day 10: Friday, March 4 Morning – Depart Cambridge, OH area Evening – Arrive in Hagerstown, MD area for overnight stay

Day 11: Saturday, March 5 Morning – Depart Hagerstown, MD area Evening – Arrive in the DC Beltway area

People’s Convoy organizers also issued a mission statement to define the purpose of the nationwide demonstration:

The message of The People’s Convoy is simple. The last 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans to travel: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially. With the advent of the vaccine and workable therapeutic agents, along with the hard work of so many sectors that contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness, it is now time to re-open the country. The average American worker needs to be able to end-run the economic hardships of the last two years, and get back to the business of making bread – so they can pay their rents and mortgages and help jumpstart this economy. To that end, it’s time for elected officials to work with the blue collar and white-collar workers of America and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the state of emergency – as COVID is well-in-hand now, and Americans need to get back to work in a free and unrestricted manner.

Local law enforcement say that they are aware of the People’s Convoy and are working with partner agencies in the area.

“The Virginia State Police (VSP) has been and continues to monitor the situation and to communicate with our National Capital Region local, state and federal partners. This is standard practice any time the potential exists for a significant protest that could disrupt the safe and efficient flow of traffic on Virginia highways,” VSP said.

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