There was 100’s of people lined up near the Mojave Desert of California to cheer on the start of the “People’s Convoy” of trucks and other vehicles headed to protest in Washington, D.C.
Hundreds of supporters were shown on social media bringing supplies to help get the convoy started from Adelanto in San Bernardino County. Many people waved anti-Biden flags, pro-Trump flags, and even some Canadian flags in reference to the trucker blockade in Ottawa.
The convoy is suppose to be in Washington, D.C. on March 5th, which is the day Pres. Joe Biden will be giving his State of the Union address to Congress.
The truckers are protesting against high gas prices, vaccine mandates, and mask mandates. They are also demanding that the government put an end to the emergency declaration 1st started when Trump was in office.
“To the truck drivers around the world: This is your time to be standing up. This is your time to bring in a renaissance time of freedom,” organizer Brian Brase said at the rally. “Do not bow down.”
The group website said they have already been given almost a half a million dollars in donations.
“Donations will be used to reimburse hard cost and fuel for the truckers, and the funds are being taken care of by volunteer accountants and overseen by a law firm,” the website said.
It was reported by the The Los Angeles Times that 100’s of cars joined the convoy but there were less than 40 actual big rigs.
The National Guard said that as a precaution seven-hundred troops have been sent to the D.C. area.
The Pentagon said that the National Guard troops that were sent to the capital will not be armed or joining any law enforcement duties, but instead will be mainly sent to help with traffic control.
“We are not out here to be a hostile group, we are not out here to fight with police,” said Bob Bolus, a truck driver from Pennsylvania who is also on his way to D.C..
“Let us put it this way: We are not stopping traffic today. If we do not have a resolution from the government, to the rights that they are taking from us, I will predict in the future it will be shut down,” Bolus explained.