Convoy Protest Digs In at BC-Washington Border Crossing.


US organisers for a lorry protest hope to gather on Wednesday for a drive across the country to Washington to demonstrate against a national emergency order for the pandemic.

Taking after a similar protest in Canada that has been emulated elsewhere, lorry drivers plan to gather at Adelanto Stadium in southern California early on Wednesday to form the start of “the People’s Convoy”.

From there, they hope to make several stops along southern and mid-Atlantic states in the US before arriving in the Washington area by March 5.

Their website demands that US President Joe Biden lift the national emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, which started in mid-March 2020 and was renewed on February 24.READ MORE ‘Freedom Convoy’ trucker protests could spread to US and beyondUS values and Christian influences fuel Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’

“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the nation,” Mr Biden wrote.

A video on the protest website by a People’s Convoy organiser, Mike Landis, included lies about vaccines and the pandemic as part of a call for people to join and donate to the protest.

Mr Landis claims the emergency order is a threat to the nation’s constitution and American civil rights, despite the recent removal of most mask rules and vaccine mandates in the country.

The US is also recording a seven-day average of 1,500 daily deaths to Covid-19, and leads the world with a death toll of more than 930,000 people dead to the pandemic.

The White House says the Biden administration is watching for any possible lorry protest arriving in Washington.

“Yes, we’ve actually been been monitoring this closely,” press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

“The Department of Homeland Security and the administration are tracking reports of a potential convoy that may be planning to travel to several US cities including Washington DC.”

“We have been working … closely with our federal, state and local partners to continuously assess the threat environment, keep our communities safe.”

Police breaking up a lorry “freedom convoy” blockade in Canada’s capital resulted in 170 arrests over the weekend.

A man stands in front of a police officer as lorry drivers and supporters continue to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Canada. Reuters
A protester sings 'O Canada' as she is arrested after trying to push through a line of police officers. AP
A protest lorry is towed. AFP
Police hold a line as they work to bring a protest to an end. AP
Police make an arrest. AP
A protester kneels in front of police officers. Reuters
A demonstrator wears a tinfoil hat in front of a row of police. Reuters
A protester films on his phone during a police stand-off with demonstrators. AFP
A protester is helped away after injuring his knee when a police line surged forward. AP
Police clutch their batons as they move protesters back. AP
A demonstrator confronts police. AFP

A man stands in front of a police officer as lorry drivers and supporters continue to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Canada. Reuters

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