Truckers Plan Own Shutdown on DC Beltway

They'll fill 3 lanes over alleged Constitutional violations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Truckers Plan Own Shutdown on DC Beltway
Truckers are planning a Beltway-blocking protest.   (Taina Sohlman/Shutterstock)

Protesting truckers are planning a shutdown of their own—on Washington's beltway. Starting on Friday morning, they intend to fill the road "three lanes deep" with tractor-trailers, an organizer of "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" tells US News and World Report. In a demonstration against what they view as violations of the Constitution, planners like Earl Conlon are calling for "the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office." Their grievances include truckers' wages, industry regulations, and NSA spying, the Hill reports.

They're also accusing President Obama of treason for allegedly putting weapons in the hands of rebels with ties to al-Qaeda. Organizers have received some 3,000 RSVPs, says one. Moving at the 55mph speed limit, they'll leave a lane open for emergency vehicles; vehicles with "T2SDA," or "Truckers to Shut Down America," displayed will also be allowed to pass. "Everybody that doesn't have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out," says Conlon. A Facebook page for the event has more than 55,000 "likes." (More truckers stories.)

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