Truckers’ Beltway protest could extend to Monday morning

Washington Times

Truckers planning to circumnavigate the Beltway in a political protest this weekend are suggesting they might also orchestrate a traffic jam Monday morning, even as trucking associations denounce the event and its organizers.

A video posted online by organizers of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” event outlines instructions for drivers participating in the demonstration — which is being held to protest the governmentshutdown and drivers’ low wages, among other causes.

Describing ride instructions to potential participants, organizer Ernest “General” Lee states in the video that drivers will loop the Beltway for 24 hours in three eight-hour shifts beginning Friday at 7 a.m. and then again at noon Sunday.

“You’ll all have a shot,” Mr. Lee said in a video, shot behind a tractor-trailer. “Then we’ll discuss and see how many guys want to hang around for a Monday morning traffic jam on the 14th.”

Organizer Peter Santilli, an Internet radio host, vouched for the authenticity of the video and its contents.

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