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'PSEUDO-PROTEST': Truck-Led Convoy to Circle Capital Beltway in Protest Against CV Emergency Powers

Source: The Epoch Times

Published: March 6, 2022

By: Enrico Trigoso and Mimi Nguyen Ly

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland—The People’s Convoy, a large caravan of vehicles led by trucks, will be moving slowly around the Beltway twice on Sunday morning in efforts to stop the government’s COVID-19 emergency powers.

Brian Brase, one of the convoy organizers, confirmed the plan to drivers Sunday morning before the group departed Hagerstown Speedway in western Maryland, where it has spent the past two nights.

The Beltway refers to a 64-mile interstate highway that surrounds Washington, D.C., as well as Maryland and Virginia. Virginia and Maryland State Police previously issued traffic notices saying they will be increasing patrol in the region to mitigate potential traffic disruptions.

“We do not expect any type of law enforcement blockages stopping us,” Brase said, adding that organizers “spent many hours working with local law enforcement” in Virginia and Maryland on Saturday.


Brase, a trucker from Ohio, told drivers to proceed in one lane “so they could see just how long we are.”

“We’re doing this so that the people in the area can see truly how large we are. We’re doing to do this peacefully, with some class. We’re not going to shut anything down today,” he said.

The convoy will be traveling slowly but not below the minimum permitted speed, a convoy organizer confirmed to The Epoch Times. After two laps, it will return to Hagerstown Speedway and repeat the process in the days to come, while increasing the number of laps each day.
Brian Brase, a truck driver from Ohio and a co-organizer of The People’s Convoy, speaks to drivers at Hagerstown Speedway, in Hagerstown, Md., on March 5, 2022. (Enrico Trigoso/The Epoch Times)

‘We’ll Increase Those Laps’

Brase told drivers, “In an effort to work with the local community here, which has been gracious in hosting us, we’ve agreed to two laps today. As we go forward, we’ll increase those laps.”

He told the drivers, “I’m seeing light, I’m seeing people that are willing to sit down and meet in D.C. with us … At least the people are starting to be heard, whether they’ll do anything with that has yet to be determined.”


The website of The People’s Convoy declares, “We demand the declaration of national emergency concerning the COVID-19 pandemic be lifted immediately and our cherished Constitution reign supreme.”

The COVID-19 national emergency, recently renewed by President Joe Biden, has facilitated various COVID-19 restrictions and mandates over the past two years in the United States.

At a rally late Saturday, Brase said the group “will not leave until we get what we ask for,” to loud cheers and applause.

People cheer at a late afternoon rally held by The People’s Convoy at Hagerstown Speedway, in Hagerstown, Md., on March 5, 2022. (Enrico Trigoso/The Epoch Times)

The convoy arrived in Hagerstown on Friday. At least 1,000 vehicles, among them about 200 trucks, were in the area.

The convoy set out on Feb. 23 from California and traveled through Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio, before arriving in Hagerstown. They were inspired by Canadian truckers who protested in downtown Ottawa for about three weeks against government COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.

Trucks of The People’s Convoy traveling from Indiana to Lore City, Ohio, on March 3, 2022. (Enrico Trigoso/The Epoch Times)

Warnings Against Going to Downtown Washington

Joshua Yoder, co-founder of U.S. Freedom Flyers, urged convoy participants not to enter downtown Washington.

“I was in the military, I was with the federal government for many years. I can tell you right now that as I speak, there are traps being laid in D.C.,” he said late Saturday. “I’m pleading with all of you, we cannot go into the District of Columbia. It cannot happen.”

He said he was informed that “anyone who comes in there with the convoy is probably going to be detained.”

“I’m asking you please keep this peaceful, keep it law abiding, and do not go into the District of Columbia, I’m begging you,” Yoder said. Some of the crowd responded with “boos.”

Brase responded to the reactions, saying, “I know some didn’t like what an individual said up here tonight. That is a person’s opinion, and it is a very good opinion, honestly.”

Brase shared that he had inconspicuously traveled “into D.C. proper” to check out the situation on Saturday morning. “I’m telling you, it’s creepy,” he remarked. “It’s always creepy, but this is a different feeling. They are waiting for us to show up, and it’s a trap.”

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