WASHINGTON – An organizer for one of the truck convoys heading to DC later this week said the Capital Beltway was scheduled to be closed.
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“We will be along the Beltway where the Beltway will be closed,” Bob Bolus said in an interview Sunday.
Bolus owns a truck parts and towing business in Scranton. He said he planned to leave Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning, drive through DC and then head to the Beltway.
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“I’ll give you an analogy of a giant boa constrictor,” Bolus said. “It squeezes you, chokes you and swallows you, and that’s what we’re gonna do the DC”
FOX 5’s Lindsay Watts asked Bolus if he understood the impact on those trying to get to work and the risk to those in need of emergency responders.
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“There will be an open lane for emergency vehicles, they can drive in and out and all that,” Bolus replied. “We won’t compromise anyone’s safety or health in any way. As far as if they can’t get to work, that’s a shame.”
When asked if he was ready to be arrested, Bolus replied that he had no intention of being arrested.
Bolus said it’s unclear how many will be with him, but he’s heard interest from hundreds of people.
Truckers in Canada have shut down Ottawa over COVID-19 mandates, but Bolus, a longtime Trump supporter, says the issues here are more varied, from fuel prices to school vaccine requirements to the ‘immigration.
FOX 5 was the first to report on how DC police are stepping up ahead of protests, limiting officer furloughs and putting nearly 500 officers into civil unrest units daily starting Wednesday.
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Police Chief Robert Contee said Friday that police are working with federal partners.
“There will be traffic disruptions, that sort of thing,” Contee said. “I think we have to be very upfront with the public about some of the expectations based on what we saw in Ottawa.”
Several groups are planning truck convoys to DC and it’s unclear how long the protests could last. Bolus said he planned to stay a day or two. He said he heard of other convoys also planning to target the ring road and block traffic.
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FOX 5 asked Virginia and Maryland State Police if they had heard of the plans.
“MSP is aware of and has been in contact with our law enforcement partners in the region,” MSP said in a statement.
“Virginia State Police have been monitoring and continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our local, state and federal partners in the National Capital Region. This is standard practice whenever there is The potential exists for a large protest that could disrupt the safe and efficient flow of traffic on Virginia’s freeways,” VSP said in a statement.
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Law enforcement sources say there have been difficulties in DC finding towing companies willing to work with law enforcement.