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Smattering of Protest Trucks Arrive in Washington Area

October 11, 2013

By Truckinginfo Staff

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An anti-government protest that organizers had said would bring "thousands" of truckers to Washington, D.C., appears to have attracted only a few dozen at most, according to reports from local media.

According to the Washington Post, no major traffic delays were reported on the Beltway around DC during morning rush hour as a protest of about 30 tractor-trailers and pickup trucks made its way into the city.

The local CBS station, WNEW, said the effort only had about 10 participants as of 8:30 a.m.

At one point, both reports agree, four tractor-trailers started driving side by side across all four northbound lanes of the inner loop, causing traffic to slow to 15 mph, but state troopers pulled them over and warned them not to impede traffic.

“The tractor-trailers were allowed to proceed on their way,” said VDOT spokesperson Corinne N. Geller in a statement.

“At this point, there have no major incidents reported as a result of the convoys,” Geller said at mid-morning.

She said that authorities counted some 30 protest trucks entering the area.

Police also told the Post that in parts of the Beltway, the group stood out because they had American flags draped on their vehicles, along with signs that said "#T2SDA" (Truckers to Shut Down America).

(The effort was renamed “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” after the original T2SDA Facebook page was removed by Facebook.)

Geller told the Post that the organizers of the protest plan to take shifts and drive around the Beltway throughout the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

The group aims to voice its complaints about a wide array of issues, from what it believes are excessive regulations on trucking to broader right-wing complaints, including the accusation that President Obama is not an American citizen, that he should be impeached, and demands to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, often nicknamed "Obamacare."

Earlier this week, major trucking organizations issued statements disavowing the protest, saying it makes more sense to work within the system.

Truckinginfo will follow developments throughout the day.

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Comments

  1. 1. Keith [ October 12, 2013 @ 08:53AM ]

    Truckers never stick together and never will.

  2. 2. Steve [ October 14, 2013 @ 04:31AM ]

    Keith ur right!!! They don't go about it the right way.... Go with the system? Screw that!!! We need to hit the commerce system. In the pocket ! The solution! 6 mth rate increase! Every other month $6 per mile rates! That hits this and every country that does business with the US. Politicians from every state would get the heat and the govt would have no choice but listen to our demands, which are simple.... Small to large trucking companies could afford obamacare, new equiptment and quality employees.

  3. 3. Miss Impala [ October 26, 2013 @ 10:13PM ]

    LOL. Well we can tell the slant of the "journalist" on this article. It was not an "anti government" protest, but a protest against a government that has overstepped it's boundaries. Anti government means anarchist. They were simply citizens who happened to be truck drivers that were trying to let their government know that we see what you are doing and it needs to be stopped!

 

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