US Capitol braces for protest convoys — Analysis
According to the Department of Homeland Security, protestors driving in trucks of Canadian design are headed for Washington.
The US Capitol Police have ramped up security in Washington, DC in preparation for a series of truck convoys during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, which are set to protest Covid-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates in the style of Ottawa’s ‘Freedom Convoy’.
The US Capitol Police stated Friday that all law enforcement agencies within the area were being dissolved. “aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, DC around the time of the State of the Union.”
“As with any demonstration, the USCP will facilitate lawful First Amendment activity,”The police made the promise, but also stated that they were working together with the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the US Secret Service to improve security.
A NewsNation report cited unnamed sources. “specialized units”Washington DC will activate its police force on Tuesday and approximately 500 officers will be there to assist with protests each day.
In preparation for protests, the outlet reported that District Police was cancelling time off of officers for February 22 to March 5.
A memo was issued by the Department of Homeland Security this month, claiming that protesters were being harassed. “potentially planning to block roads in major metropolitan cities in the United States in protest of, among other things, vaccine mandates.”
“The convoy will potentially begin in California early as mid-February, potentially impacting the Super Bowl scheduled for 13 February and the State of the Union address scheduled for 1 March,”The memo stated.
Canadian truckers are protesting the Covid-19 mandates, restrictions and limitations in Ottawa since last month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers this week. Ottawa Police responded by using force against protesters and arrested dozens.