The Department of Homeland Security warns that a coast-to-coast convoy could disrupt the Super Bowl this weekend, President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, and other events
Truck drivers in the United States may join their Canadian colleagues in protesting the cross-border vaccine mandate. The Convoy to D.C. 2022 could only disrupt the global supply chain even more.
The continuing protest of Canadian truck drivers, also known as the 'Convoy of Freedom", stands against the vaccine mandate for truck drivers crossing between Canada, U.S., and Mexico.
Canada began enforcing the measures at its border crossings on January 15, leading to widespread demonstrations.
The U.S. started enforcing the mandate on January 22. Now U.S. truckers insist on being considered seriously, saying they will protest in the Capital as soon as the end of the month.
According to Brian Brase, an Ohio truck driver, and one of the main organizers, they do not have a definite date or route. Initially, the deadline was March 1 but now the Convoy on Washington is expected to get underway on March 4. The Department of Homeland Security warns that a coast-to-coast convoy could disrupt the Super Bowl this weekend, President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, and other events.
GoFundMe froze the fundraising page for the Freedom Convoy 2022 after it surpassed $10 million. Also, on Wednesday, Facebook shut down a group that truckers were using to coordinate the convoy from California to Washington, D.C.
"This isn't about the trucking mandates. There's so much more in play there. We are just truck drivers standing up for our human rights. As Americans, it's about our constitutional rights," said Brase for LandLine.
The Convoy to D.C. 2022 aims to launch the convoy from numerous points across California. Other convoys will depart from Texas, Florida, and Maine, to mention a few. According to Brase, all convoys will eventually meet in Washington, D.C.
The Canada Convoy
Thousand of protestors gathered in Ottawa last weekend, blocking traffic around Parliament Hill.
Justin Trudeau, who tested positive for Covid-19, railed against protesters for violence, racism, and spreading misinformation. The Canadian prime minister condemned the convoy and said that the protest was not representative of the majority of truckers.
The protests continued to impact traffic on Thursday, with numerous bus detours and several bridge closures still in effect. On Wednesday, the police issued 30 tickets and filed criminal charges. The truckers' leaders have stated that they will not leave unless they repeal the mask and vaccine mandates.