In case you’ve missed it, The People’s Convoy, which took its cue from Canada’s gripping Freedom Convoy of truckers, has been protesting COVID rules and vaccine mandates and driving Washington D.C. loopy by making daily loops around the D.C. Beltway. In fact, the organizers of the demonstration have just issued a new set of demands, and they have nothing to do with COVID-19.
The convoy, which now consists of vans, pickups, and about a hundred semi-trucks, left California, traveled 11 days, and rolled into D.C. with about 3,000 vehicles on March 4, The Daily Mail reported.
The leader of the rolling protest, Brian Brase, 37, has stressed that this is an American demonstration, not a Republican one, and its aim is to remind government officials that they work for We The People, not the other way around.
In a statement to reporters on Wednesday, Brase said, “Now is the time for the American people around the country… to stand up for your personal freedoms.”
In a statement, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who met with the truckers and even climbed aboard a big rig, thanked the convoy for their efforts.
“Thank you to The People’s Convoy for speaking out. for freedom,” Cruz said. “Petty government tyrants shouldn’t force people to make private health care decisions.”
Senator Ted Cruz has joined the People’s Convoy! He’s riding in the lead truck this morning as it circles the beltway around D.C.
— TRUCKERS FOR FREEDOM 🇺🇸 (@tffofficialUSA) March 14, 2022
The truckers have called for an end to the national emergency order which was extended last month, the end of masks on airplanes and trains, and the cessation of mandatory vaccines for members of the military.
Though the size of the convoy has dwindled along with the nation’s mask mandates, they have, for two weeks, been honking their horns, circling the Beltway, holding rallies, and slowing traffic to a maddening crawl in the nation’s capital.
But on Saturday, as they ventured downtown and close to the White House, the truckers received some effective pushback and were themselves the ones slowed to a standstill — all by one guy and his bicycle.
Regardless of how supportive you may be of The People’s Convoy, it’s hard not to throw some respect the lone activist’s way.
The man deliberately put himself in front of the enormous trucks and simply peddled, slowwwwly, down the street.
“What are you doing?” one man asked the bicyclist incredulously. “You’ve got a bunch of trucks behind you.”
Barely missing a stroke, the cyclist politely replied over the blaring horns, “I can’t hear you. I’m sorry, it’s too loud.”
“I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, it’s too loud.”pic.twitter.com/0GC5kc7XOn
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) March 20, 2022
But it hasn’t been all fun and games.
On Friday, the Convoy’s organizers issued some new demands, and one in particular has received some harsh backlash from Liberals, who’ve been looking for an excuse to frame the protest in the familiar “Right-wing, racist, neo-Nazis” narrative.
They called for the enormous Black Lives Matter sign stenciled in giant yellow letters near the White House to be painted over, the New York Times reported.
“We’re going to take it back,” a biker clad in leather chaps told what the Time’s made sure to mention was a mostly white crowd of protestors.
“Banners with symbols of the Three Percenters, an armed extremist movement, have been flown from some trucks in the convoy,” according to the Times. “Two young men in the attire of the Proud Boys, the far-right organization, were milling around the camp on a recent morning.”
A trucker with the ‘People’s Convoy’ in DC says they’re going to ‘tar and feather’ Black Lives Matter Plaza.
“All that paint’s coming off that street."https://t.co/FNL1uW7qR7
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 18, 2022
On social media, many were quick to declare the movement was now a “race war.”
They’re changing it into a RACE WAR ! Alright all those with LEGAL weapons, get ready, they said what they plan to do; this is another version of Jan 6; with trucks 😡
— Wm A. Watson Jr. (@watsonwajr2) March 19, 2022
Additionally, the Convoy now demands “the reopening of the Keystone pipeline, ending Big Tech censorship, ensuring rights for Capitol riot prisoners, holding vaccine manufacturers liable for damages, making political ideology a protected class — like freedom of religion — and reaffirming the Bill of Rights,” truckers told Daily Mail.
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