As a convoy of truckers and other drivers returned to the Capital Beltway, the Pentagon announced that it had agreed to extend National Guard support in Washington, D.C. for two more days.
National Guard members will continue to provide assistance at traffic control points throughout the city, including around the Capitol, and will be deployed until Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Pentagon press secretary John Kirby.
Last month, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin authorised the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to help with traffic congestion in Washington, D.C. from February 26 to March 7.
The convoy returned to Ton Monday after protesting against Covid-19 restrictions by running two loops around the interstate highway in the Washington metropolitan area the day before.
The convoy’s organisers have stated that they will not enter the US capital’s prosper.
Police in the Washington metropolitan area warned motorists to expect delays over the weekend as a result of the convoy’s activities, which drew both support and harsh criticism.
It’s unclear how long their protest, which grew out of truckers’ dissatisfaction with vaccine requirements in Canada, will last.