After witnessing the Freedom Convoy in Canada being violently crushed by the Trudeau government, an organizer for an American truckers’ convoy said they have taken every precaution to avoid similar treatment from the Biden administration.
“We’ve taken every precaution that we could. I don’t know what the government is going to do,” Maureen Steele, one of the main organizers of “The People’s Convoy,” told NTD’s “Capitol Report” in a Feb. 22 interview.
“We have been operating with local municipalities and police along our route, engaging with them ahead of time,” Steele said. “We also have lawyers on board that are helping us to make sure that we’re within the laws [as] we’re rolling through, entering small towns … to make sure that we’re welcome there.”
The convoy is set to begin from the Adelanto Stadium in Southern California on Feb. 23 and head east on Interstate 40. It is expected to arrive in the Washington D.C. area on Mar. 5.
Another convoy that is starting from Pennsylvania on Feb. 23 is expected to arrive at the Washington area in the afternoon that day.
“Anticipating what happened in Canada, I don’t know what our government is going to do here. It appears that it’s simply as tyrannical as Trudeau up there,” Steele said.
Steele added that they’re trying to marshal on private property instead of public property or city-owned property, “I think that is one of the issues that they have up in Canada.”
On Feb. 10, a White House official said the Biden administration had urged Canada’s government to use its federal powers to respond to the protests blocking access points along the countries’ mutual border.
On Feb. 14, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to disperse the protests in Ottawa and elsewhere against COVID-19 mandates and restrictions. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a number of measures to freeze the bank accounts of entities involved in the protests.