U.S. Capitol is planning for ‘extra security’ in anticipation of a U.S. trucker convoy

The Washington Examiner reported that the U.S. Capitol is taking measures to beef up security ahead of President Joe Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address. 

Apparently, the Capitol is worried about a trucker convoy that is planning a trip to D.C. to protest Biden and the Democrats’ coronavirus mandates.

The fence is back

The United State Capitol Police (USCP) revealed its plan “for extra security ahead of the joint session of Congress” in a pair of statements that it released on Friday.

The first statement read:

Law enforcement agencies across the National Capital Region are aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, D.C. around the time of the State of the Union.As with any demonstration, the USCP will facilitate lawful First Amendment activity. The USCP is closely coordinating with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Park Police, the United States Secret Service, and other allied agencies to include the D.C. National Guard.

The USCP felt the need to release a second statement after it received “numerous inquiries” about the first statement.

This follow-up statement read:

The United States Capitol Police and the United States Secret Service have been closely working together to plan for the upcoming State of the Union.  The temporary inner-perimeter fence is part of those ongoing discussions and remains an option, however at this time no decision has been made.

Background

Last week, reports revealed that a political action committee called The Great American Patriot Project is organizing a trucker convoy in protest of the Democrats’ coronavirus restrictions and mandates.

On their website, the political action committee identified three starting points for the convoys: Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; and Fresno, California. Regardless of where the convoys begin, however, all have Washington D.C. as their destination, specifically targeting the date March 6.

When the convoys reach D.C., reports indicate that they will be met by a congressional welcome committee to discuss policy changes. The organizers have made it clear, though, that their intention is nothing more than a “peaceful, non-violent” protest.

The inspiration

This U.S. trucker convoy appears to have been inspired by the Freedom Convoy, the Canadian trucker convoy that has been protesting the government’s coronavirus vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers.

In recent days, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the country’s emergency powers in order to try to put an end to the protests. Heavily armored police have been attempting to forcibly clear the truckers out, making many arrests along the way and even trampling some protesters.

Commentators have likened the scene to a police state cracking down on its political opposition.

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