NEWEST UPDATE: Convoy is now expected to pass through Leesburg and Milford around 4 p.m. – two hours later than the earlier estimate.
By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – The truck convoy is still alive.
A representative of the People’s Convoy said supporters in trucks, RVs and other vehicles are expected to arrive in Kosciusko County Friday, May 13.
The convoy is expected to head east on US 30 before turning north on SR 15 on Friday.
UPDATE: An official with the group now says they expect to pass through Leesburg and Milford around 4 p.m. today. As of 1 p.m. today, they had reached Plymouth
Police are expected to provide some traffic control.
Supporters will hold a rally at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Paris at Polk’s Auction, which is at the intersection of SR 15 and US 6.
Americans have tried to replicate the massive trucker convoy seen in Canada but a concluding rally in Washington D.C., about six weeks ago did not seem to gain much traction. The movement began as a protest against covid-related mandates, almost all of which have already been dropped by U.S. government entities.
The current convoy began in California and is expected to arrive in D.C. next week. Reasons for protesting now encompass continued opposition to mandates and opposition to historically high gas prices.
In the message from Sharisa Hively, who promoted the event but said she’s not an organizer, also contends they are protesting the shipment of baby formula to the southern border – a claim that has gone viral. US policy requires formula be provided to babies that are coming across the border and into the United States. That policy has been in effect since 2015, according to the Washington Post.