MEBANE, N.C. — A convoy of truck drivers protesting COVID-19 pandemic mandates will leave for the Triangle on Friday afternoon.
The group gathered at a Petro station along Interstate 85 in Mebane, about 40 minutes west of Raleigh, around 8:30 a.m. By 1 p.m., the truck drivers plan to follow Interstate 40 into the heart of downtown Raleigh.
The convoy was originally scheduled to leave for Raleigh at 9 a.m., which would have caused a big disruption during the morning commute, but an organizer told WRAL News plans changed.
WRAL’s Keenan Willard described multiple personal vehicles and tractor trailers were getting ready for the convoy at the truck stop Friday morning. Around 50 people were there for the protest.
When asked why they were protesting, one driver said it was for freedom.
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The group “Pittsburgh I Can’t Breathe” organized the protest for Taylor. The protest started at 7 p.m. at Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood.
At 8:52 p.m. the crowd stopped on Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square.
At 9:20 p.m. the group stopped at Ross Street outside the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Public Safety officials said at 10:15 p.m. that a small group had broken off from the main group and walked towards the Allegheny County Jail. The main protest group stayed on Ross Street for over an hour.