Activists affiliated with the People’s Convoy plan to slow down traffic along Interstate 495, also known as the Capital Beltway, around Washington, DC, early March 7th, as part of their protests to demand the end of all COVID-19 restrictions. Hundreds of demonstrators in trucks and other types of vehicles plan to drive from Hagerstown, Maryland, starting at 09:30 to the Interstate 495, and circle it at least once, at the minimum speed limit, occupying two of the road’s lanes. The demonstration is likely to cause transport disruptions around Washington, DC, in the morning hours.
Members of the People’s Convoy have driven from California to the country’s northeast and completed a similar protest around Washington, DC, on March 6. Protesters are likely to drive around Interstate 495 in the coming days.
Authorities have been monitoring the demonstration and have deployed additional security around the Washington, DC region. While higher than usual traffic is likely while the protest is ongoing, significant disruptions or clashes are unlikely.
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