May 18, 2022

Convoy organizer takes a break as participants fall ill and seek new base camp

The organizer of the popular convoy pulled out to spend time with his family and collect his tractor-trailer to continue the convoy protests.

The People’s Convoy has traveled the DC Beltway for the past 27 days, but as the group moves toward a full month of support for constitutional rights and protesting COVID regulations and vaccine mandates, it appears to be losing momentum. .

The group’s previous deadline to leave Hagerstown Speedway by Thursday March 24 was extended by a week by Hagerstown Speedway officials, but the group has been plagued by a cold-like illness that has affected some of the most vocal participants such as OTR Survival (John Bigard), which has been noted by other protest livestreamers such as Sasnak (Stan) reported WUSA News 9. OTR Survival described the illness as ‘being hit by a bus’, and a reporter who covered the protests said that ‘more and more people’s convoy truckers complained of falling ill with a bad cough’ .

Over the weekend, the organizer of the people’s convoy, Brian Brase, announced that he was returning home to visit his family and collect his tractor-trailer to take him back to the current demonstration. He did not specify how many days he would be out.

In addition to illness and the absence of the convoy organizer, the group was pushed back by DC residents, pedestrians and cyclists intentionally blocking their paths. DC police also set up rolling roadblocks for days in an attempt to keep the convoy moving and clear of the capital. Vocal participants in the convoy, namely Ron Coleman, have recently questioned the constitutionality of these roadblocks and speculated that perhaps the citizen’s arrest of officers, the DC police chief and even the mayor of DC would be an appropriate response to these roadblocks.

Requests for comment from the Maryland Police Department, the aforementioned live streamers and Hagerstown Speedway officials were not returned to WUSA News 9.