The Freedom Convoy Movement, which began in Canada, has shown time after time that the sentiment of government overreach due to COVID is a worldwide phenomenon. Across Europe, down to Australia and New Zealand, the people have decided that enough is enough.
Now, multiple convoys target DC as their final destination. One organizer, Bob Bolus, had grand plans for the convoy he was organizing. In an interview with FOX 5, Bolus stated that the convoy “will be along the Beltway where the Beltway will be shut down.”
Bolus offered the analogy “of a giant boa constrictor, that basically squeezes you, chokes you and it swallows you, and that’s what we’re going to do to D.C.”
When asked about the impact on those driving to work or emergency vehicles, Bolus explained that “There will be a lane open for emergency vehicles, they’ll be able to get in and out and all that.” He expanded by saying “We will not compromise anybody’s safety or health, one way or the other.”
He was less interested in interfering with people trying to get to work by saying “as far as if they can’t get to work, geez that’s too bad.”
Unfortunately for Bolus, the numbers for his convoy are not looking sufficient to block the whole beltway. Despite this, the D.C. police are scrambling to prepare for the potential civil disruptions.
According to FOX 5, time off will be limited for officers and almost 500 officers have been placed on civil disturbance units for Wednesday.
Police Chief Robert Contee announced that the department is working with federal partners to prepare. Contee also said, “I think we need to be very candid with the public about some of the expectations based upon what we’ve seen in Ottawa.”
Contee’s state serves to show the public that his department does not plan to be caught off guard, like the Ottawa police. It is likely the American convoys will not see the same brutal response from law enforcement as their Canadian counterparts, but the situation is still largely undeveloped.
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To add to the scramble, D.C. Mayor Bowser’s office has announced the approval of the D.C. National Guard to help assist with traffic control.
Whether or not the convoy succeeds in shutting down the Beltway, D.C. officials already feel the effects. Hopefully, the American convoys fair better than their Canadian counterparts. After all, the role of the government is to serve the people, not to physically beat, trample, or financially blacklist them.
Although if the government’s response to January 6th is any indication, then organizers and attendees could see imprisonment and blacklisting from financial institutions for attending.