‘People’s Convoy’ truckers fight to defeat DC traffic on bypass in protest of pandemic restrictions

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – A semi-organized flotilla of American-flagged vehicles, articulated lorryand RVs attempted to tape the DC-area Beltway Sunday in protest of pandemic restrictions.

Instead, the convoy visitors found themselves disconnected from traffic and crushed by the ring road.

The People’s Convoy starting from his Home base Hagerstown, Maryland at 9:30 a.m., with drafts meant to be a “huge pain” for other drivers, organizers said, planning to circumnavigate the 64-mile Beltway twice at 40 mph.

In reality, the convoy might have caused slight delays to local Sunday commuters, but was defeated overall by the bypass after it was separated from normal city traffic. At the same time, selected truckers only got out after a single lap.

“The American people are done with overdoing the government,” one convoy member in the passenger seat of a white SUV told The Daily Beast as he drove along the Beltway. When asked if driving in circles would achieve anything, the car drove off.

Elsewhere, truckers seemed to tire after a single lap.

At least six truckers pulled off I-270 to head back toward Hagerstown after one of two laps around 2:00 p.m.

Five local residents had come out to cheer on truckers at an overpass near the McLean, Virginia area while waving American flags. A supporter told The Daily Beast they were there for the “cure.”[ing]” sort of convoy she hoped would “help a country [that] was divided for so long.”


Zach Petrizzo for The Daily Beast

Back at base camp, organizer Brian Brase went on to promise that if their unspecified demands aren’t met by lawmakers, truckers will increase the number of laps they complete on the Beltway this week. On Sunday, Beltway activities earned truckers an average of $200 in fuel alone. (A request from the Daily Beast for comment on whether the group intends to do laps Monday went unanswered.)

The convoy based on the model Canadian protestschose DC as the destination for a cross-country odyssey express complaints against vaccination regulations. One problem: Some of those mandates are about to expire anyway, as officials see signs the pandemic is weakening.

Around 3:00 p.m., organizers in Hagerstown called out truckers for immediate assistance as storms approached their makeshift outpost at Hagerstown Speedway.

“We need immediate help loading all supplies and donations into the loading bays before the rain showers hit,” an urgent text to truckers read. ‘People’s Convoy’ truckers fight to defeat DC traffic on bypass in protest of pandemic restrictions

Russell Falcon

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