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There Are Various Loops Around The D.C. Beltway That A ‘Truck Convoy’ Travels In

'Trucker convoy' drives laps around D.C. Beltway

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The city of Hagerstown is home to the Hagerstown Fire Department. The “Freedom Convoy” in the United States, an offshoot of the Canadian movement, arrived at the nation’s capital on Sunday.

Organizing the convoy using the Telegram messaging service, which has pro-Trump and anti-vaccination groups, the trucker-led convoy traveled around the Capital Beltway, which surrounds the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. To regroup, they intended to go around the highway twice and then return to Hagerstown, Maryland, where they had convened on Saturday night before setting off.

The authorities in and around the capital had been put on high alert in anticipation of the convoy’s arrival. As of last month, the Defense Department has approved the activation of up to 700 unarmed members of the National Guard to help with traffic management.
Initially sparked by demonstrations in Canada, the “People’s Convoy” traveled throughout the country in protest against mask and vaccine regulations to battle Covid-19 over two years, gaining national attention. Since the group departed from Adelanto, California, on February 22, hundreds of individuals have joined them on their cross-country adventure.

Brian Brase, a co-organizer of the convoy, has said that he intends to take members of the protest group to meet with legislators on Tuesday. NBC News has not confirmed whether or not any talks with politicians are scheduled.

Masks are no longer required inside, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which announced the policy at the end of February. Recent weeks have seen the lifting of immunization requirements for unmasking in indoor establishments in most major cities, including New York City, which had previously imposed such requirements.

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