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Protest Convoy Reaches DC, Circles The Beltway

“The People’s Convoy” has reached the capital.

Just weeks after a group of Canadian truck drivers were violently arrested in Ottawa during a peaceful protest, the US capital is preparing for their own version of the “Freedom Convoy”.

The demonstration, which is meant to draw attention to the overreaches of the federal government, reached Washington DC over the weekend, prompting statements from local authorities.

“Virginia State Police respects the public’s First Amendment rights and has been in contact with various groups’ organizers to ensure their understanding of Virginia traffic laws,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said in a statement. “These communications have also enabled us to share our expectations related to keeping traffic flowing safely and efficiently on Virginia highways, especially in the case of emergencies and for first responder vehicles.”

Governors in the region were also prepping.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) have both been monitoring the situation but have expressed support for peaceful protest.

“We remain dedicated to ensuring that individuals can express their first amendment rights while continuing the safe flow of traffic for all travelers,” Youngkin’s office said in a statement. “We anticipate the possibility of heavier than normal traffic this weekend and will continue to monitor with the help from our state, local and federal partners.”

The “People’s Convoy”, as it has come to be known, is several hundred big-rigs strong, and contains perhaps 1,000’s of other vehicles as well.

Cross-posted with Flag and Cross

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