Convoy opposing mandates hits the road in US

Convoy opposing mandates hits the road in US

A small convoy of truck drivers demanding an end to the coronavirus mandate began a cross-country drive from California to the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday.

Several hundred people rallied in a parking lot in the cold, windy Mojave Desert town of Adelanto before nearly two dozen trucks and several other vehicles hit the road. It was not clear how many people intended to go all the way. “To truckers around the world: Now is your time to stand up. Now is your time to usher in a time of renaissance of independence,” truck driver and event organizer Brian Brace told the rally. “Don’t give up.”

The vehicles in the convoy were carrying slogans like “Legalize Freedom” and “Let them Breathe”. It was one of several US convoys organized online and based on recent protests by Canadian truck drivers, which closed US-Canadian border crossings and engulfed the streets of the capital, Ottawa for weeks. All convoys have different starting points, departure dates and routes. A statement issued by the organizers of the Adelanto group called it “The People’s Convoy” and said it was multicultural and non-partisan, although the rally carried Trump’s flags. “Covid is now well at hand, and Americans need to go back to work in a free and unrestricted manner,” the statement said.

Justin Trudeau revokes emergency powers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that he is removing emergency powers that police can use as authorities end blockades on borders and occupants in Ottawa by truck drivers and others who have been fighting COVID-19. -19 are protesting the restrictions. “The situation is no longer an emergency, so the federal government will end the use of the Emergencies Act,” Trudeau said. “We believe the existing laws and by-laws are sufficient.”

Hong Kong introduced the need for a vaccine

Hong Kong on Thursday began requiring vaccinations to enter shopping malls, restaurants and many other places as it grapples with an expanding omicron outbreak and tries to address vaccine hesitation in parts of its population.

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