Super Bowl Sunday: DHS bulletin warns convoy of truckers could cause disruption

A DHS bulletin released Tuesday to state and local officials, obtained by CNN, said the agency “has received reports that truckers are considering potentially blocking roads in major metropolitan cities across the United States in protest, among others, against truck driver vaccination warrants.”

The DHS warning was first reported by Yahoo News.

“The convoy will potentially begin in California as early as mid-February and arrive in Washington, D.C., as late as mid-March, potentially impacting Super Bowl LVI scheduled for February 13 and the scheduled State of the Union address. for March 1,” the statement said.

“While there are currently no indications of planned violence, if hundreds of trucks converge in a major metropolitan city, there is potential for severe disruption to transportation, federal government operations, commercial facilities and emergency services through traffic jams and potential counter-protests,” the bulletin continued. .

A DHS spokesperson told CNN in a statement that the department is “following reports of a potential convoy that may be planning to visit several US cities. We have not observed any specific calls for violence in the United States associated with this convoy, and we are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to continuously assess the threat environment and ensure security. of our communities.”

A federal law enforcement official told CNN that early last week authorities began to see calls on various online forums for the events in Ottawa to expand into the United States. The official said law enforcement and security officials guarding the Super Bowl in Inglewood, Calif., were preparing for possible disruptions.
For nearly two weeks, Canadian truckers have been protesting a new rule that requires them to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or face a two-week quarantine at home after returning from across the US border. -Canadian. Others have joined to rally against mask mandates, lockdowns, restrictions on gatherings and other Covid-19 prevention efforts around the country.

Tensions stemming from the protests have simmered to the point that traffic at major U.S. transit points has come to a halt and a judge temporarily banned protesters in the nation’s capital from using horns.

DHS said it has worked for more than a year to support safety measures around the Super Bowl and has dedicated more than 500 people from the department to help. The agency says it has also worked with federal, state and local partners to strengthen security around the US Capitol.

President Joe Biden is due to deliver the annual State of the Union address to Congress on March 1.

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