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‘People’s Convoy’ arrives in Washington DC to protest COVID-19 mandates

Truck drivers and others protesting COVID-19 mandates were seen in St Robert, Missouri, on Monday, February 28, as the ‘People’s Convoy’ continued its journey towards the Washington, DC, area.

This footage, which was filmed and posted to Twitter by Deb Heines, shows scenes in Missouri as the convoy rolled in on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, the convoy traveled through Oklahoma, where supporters greeted them with flags and applause.

The convoy is due to arrive in the Washington area on March 5th, according to the schedule posted on their website. The convoy was moving normally, and while some congestion occurred, news outlets reported traffic was able to flow around the convoy.

“We’re not even sure we can call it a convoy anymore because it’s so dispersed among routine traffic at this point,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Washington Post. Officials with state police in Maryland and Virginia have said they will monitor the activities.

5 News touched base with the co-owner of Mama’s Tried LLC, Jonie Smith, about the convoy. She said the trip was an experience like no other. “A 90-year-old woman came up to me. Two days ago, in traffic. We were stopped in traffic, and she got out of her chair and walked to the truck. She reached up and got my hand and told me thank you,” Jonie told us.

Jonie also told 5 News truckers and others on the convoy received donations along the trail. Jonie said her favorite gifts were letters from children from all different parts of the country sharing their kindness and gratitude.

“I have a bag full of them. I have plans to make some collages and stuff out of it because this is something I always want to remember,” she said. Jonie added the convoy planned to circle the beltway a few times on March 6 but would not be entering D.C. proper.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: WSWS.ORG

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