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The historic demonstration organized by truckers in Canada inspired the world to rise up against the COVID mandates of Western governments. The evidence is there for all to see: messages of support for the truckers rained down from different parts of the world, including the United States. Criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau increased. A clear example of how Canadians motivated the rest of the planet is The People’s Convoy initiative, a large group of American truckers who are demonstrating against the last remaining health mandates in the U.S.
The Peoples Convoy’s great journey
Starting last February 23 in the city of Adelanto, California, the Convoy brought together dozens of truckers who began their journey to the outskirts of Washington D.C., which is the final destination. The goals and objectives of the caravan — explained on The People’s Convoy website — are clear: to end the division and segregation that is being generated by the COVID mandates.
“Mandates are not American. Stop the mass firings. Stop segregating by vaccination status. Stop calling Americans ‘unpatriotic’ for making a personal medical choice,” is one of the main slogans of the convoy.
As the days passed, the truckers grew from hundreds to thousands. Many private cars, not necessarily trucks, also joined the truckers in line to travel to DC. On the first day only, some 1,000 vehicles of all types were rolling alongside The People’s Convoy.
Anthony Cabasssa, a field correspondent at El American, was following and covering in detail the entire convoy exclusively since its departure. In an exhaustive task, our correspondent spoke with the organizers of the initiative; the truckers and the Americans who have supported the great caravan.
“We don’t do it [the convoy] for ourselves, truckers in the United States are not obligated, but we do it for our families, our loved ones,” Brian Brase, co-organizer of the caravan, told El American. “It’s about your human rights (…) you can’t allow the government to do this to you [force you to get vaccinated].”
From the first day, dozens of Americans could be seen gathering on the roads to support the convoy. At that time, the trucks passed from California to Arizona and then on to Texas. The first night they rested in Kingman.
If The People’s Convoy has not been a major national news story monopolizing the main U.S. media, it is due to two main reasons: the first one is that one day after the beginning of the caravan, Russia started an invasion of Ukraine, becoming the most important news globally. In addition, as the days went by, several Democratic states, such as California or New York, announced the lifting of several health restrictions and mandates.
Undoubtedly this affected the impact of the convoy, however, the caravan did not stop in its efforts and continued on its way capturing more and more support and the attention of several national and international media; such as the Daily Caller, Fox News, or the Daily Mail.
This is what the support for the convoy looked like in the early days:
As happened in Canada, the American truckers also received great support and reception from local citizens in each county or city they visited. In Lupton, Arizona, for example, they were given 25,000 gallons of gasoline.
On the third day on the road, in Glenrio, Texas, a trucker told El American that he joined from Chicago because he felt it was “his civic duty” to join the convoy. From all over the country, even far-flung cities, truckers joined in demonstrating against the mandates.
By the fifth day they reached Oklahoma, and in the town of Vinita hundreds were waiting on the highway to show their support for the convoy while waving the national flag. The great caravan had two special ingredients: patriotism and peace.
In Indianapolis, leading up to race week, six more convoys rejoined the original convoy totaling a staggering 10,000 vehicles heading all the way to Washington DC. Definitely, confirming the success of an organized and peaceful protest.
The convoy enters its final stage
On March 2, El American was able to speak with Stan, who joined the convoy in Arizona and has been driving trucks since 1987. This is the first time he has participated in such an organized convoy and he stated that the “number one [convoy’s] thing is to end of the mandates.”
“We’re supporting the American people that are sick and tired with government overreach,” Stan said. “Let’s get our sanity back, this is ridiculous what they’re doing to us.”
Now the convoy is entering its final stage. In his most recent report, our correspondent Cabassa advised that the truckers have no longer “intention” of entering DC, where the National Guard would be waiting for them. “Just a peaceful demonstration across the country to protest remaining mandates,” Cabassa reported.
It only remains to wait for the outcome of this large demonstration. The convoy plans to travel through Virginia and close with a big rally on Sunday, March 6, where speakers, specialized doctors and some politicians would be speaking to the public. The location has not yet been confirmed.
El American will be following The People’s Convoy until the last day, reporting on all the news and announcements related to the caravan.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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