Trucker protest plan goes viral, misinformation spreads like wildfire

Trucker protest plan goes viral, misinformation spreads like wildfire

Washington : DC : USA | Oct 08, 2013 at 9:59 AM PDT
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There is a lot of buzz regarding a supposed trucker shutdown of highways in Washington, D.C., this weekend. There are, it seems, some people claiming to speak on behalf of the organized movement, leading to a lot of erroneous claims. What's the real deal? It can be a bit tough to decipher, but the official “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” group is trying to separate fact from fiction.

According to the official Facebook page for “Truckers Ride For The Constitution,” there are unassociated trucker groups spreading false information about the planned trucker protest. There have been media reports that 3,000 truckers will descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend to block Interstate 495. Earl Conlon, who claims to be handling the logistics says that they are aiming to get members of Congress arrested for disregarding the Constitution.

However, the “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” says that Conlon does not speak for them. What is their plan? Their press release indicates they will be having a peaceful event with a general strike taking beginning on Oct. 11 and continuing until Oct. 13. The Facebook page indicates the participating truckers will not haul freight during that time as a way of protesting the "corruption that is destroying America."

The group's Facebook page has garnered more than 60,000 fans, and word of the effort is going viral. While the effort is apparently being mischaracterized as one where they will block traffic and try to arrest people, the organizers indicate that is not the intent whatsoever. They want to get a message across, but due to erroneous reports that message is being misconstrued by many.

People are certainly getting passionate about politics these days and expressing it in a variety of ways. It seems buzzworthy to picture 3,000 truckers blocking the highways around the Capitol, and some groups may be trying to orchestrate it. However, the core originator of the trucking effort has an entirely different vision and message they are trying to convey. One way or another, truckers will be making their voices heard this weekend. Will it have an impact?

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A trucker protest is slated for Oct. 11-13 Photo via Wiki Commons
StacyCarey is based in Red Wing, Minnesota, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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