Capitol Fence Will Be Reinstalled Ahead of Biden’s SOTU Over Concerns of a Potential U.S. Trucker Convoy

Source: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Fencing will be reinstalled around the Capitol next week for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address as officials fear a trucker “Freedom Convoy” may make its way to Washington, D.C.

“Freedom Convoy” truckers in Canada have been protesting for weeks against the country’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truckers and the Ambassador Bridge border crossing between Ontario and Michigan has been blocked by protestors.

Canadian authorities have begun arresting protestors in the country’s capital city of Ottawa. Police said nearly 200 demonstrators were arrested as of Sunday morning.

U.S. Capitol Police said they are aware of a trucker convoy arriving in D.C. around the time of the president’s State of the Union address on March 1 and will “facilitate lawful First Amendment activity.”

“The USCP is closely coordinating with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Park Police, the United States Secret Service and other allied agencies to include the DC National Guard,” USCP said in a statement Friday.

Police explained in its statement that plans were being made for the State of the Union and the possibility of putting up fencing around the Capitol was under consideration.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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