U.S. Truckers Plan Convoy To Get Biden’s Attention
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alerted U.S. law enforcement and public safety officials that a trucker convoy protest similar to the one in Ottawa, Canada, could begin on American soil on Feb. 13 which is Superbowl Sunday.
Authorities were notified that DHS “has received reports of a convoy of truckers planning to potentially block roads in major metropolitan cities in the United States in protest of, among other things, vaccine mandates for truck drivers,” according to senior law enforcement officials.
The DHS cautioned that a trucker convoy in the U.S. could “severely disrupt transportation, the federal government, and law enforcement operations through gridlock and potential counterprotests,” the agency said, adding that the truckers plan to start in California and end in Washington, D.C., by late March.
Canadian protesters shut down a bridge that serves as one of the busiest international border crossings between the U.S. and Canada on Monday after the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Feb. 6.
The DHS noted that at this time the protests appear to be “purely aspirational” as the plans are only being discussed online. A DHS official said that a domestic convoy is a “real concern” that’s looking to “follow the Canadian model and shut down Washington.”
The official said law enforcement agencies are working to “figure out what to do” if the convoy does happen.
“We have not observed specific calls for violence within the United States associated with this convoy, and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to continuously assess the threat environment and keep our communities safe,” a DHS spokesperson told Yahoo News in a statement. “DHS will continue to share timely and actionable information with the public.”