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American truckers intent on staging a protest in Washington, D.C., against vaccine mandates are calling out Facebook for censoring them.
After the Facebook group that was set up to coordinate the truckers' protest — "Convoy to D.C., 2022" — was deleted Wednesday by the social media giant, the creator of the group, Jeremy Johnson, called the move "censorship at its finest."
Johnson condemned Facebook's decision to hide the truckers' protest from the public, saying, "They like to silence people that speak the truth."
"Convoy to D.C., 2022" was created to help truckers coordinate their routes from California to the nation's capital. Before being taken down by Facebook, the group reportedly amassed over 130,000 members.
The American truckers were inspired by the "Freedom Convoy" of Canadian truckers who congregated in Canada's capital, Ottawa, to protest vaccination and testing mandates recently implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A spokesman for Meta, Facebook's parent company, alleged the group's page was removed "for repeatedly violating our policies around QAnon." Last October, Facebook defined QAnon as a "violence-inducing conspiracy network" and announced a policy of eliminating groups (and their administrators' accounts) if they were found to be related to QAnon.
Brian Brase, a co-organizer of the trucker protest, expressed his displeasure with the way Facebook described the group.
Speaking on Fox News, Brase said, "I have to laugh about that. Can they contact me or something? Can we talk? That's not true. They actually had offered the administrators to remove content and then request to review again. They didn't even give that option."
"They, literally, wiped Mike Landis and Jeremy completely out of Facebook. They don't even have a profile anymore, so how are you supposed to request a review or remove anything?" Brase added.
Landis, a driver participating in the freedom caravan, told Fox News host Carley Shimkus that this movement has been "a long time coming." He claimed that Americans are tired of "government overreach" and condemned politicians for failing to adhere to the Constitution.
"The presence of that amount of people that show that they are unhappy with what's going on is a good way to, hopefully, get their attention," he remarked.
Brase and Johnson expect a diverse group of Americans to join in supporting the truckers.
Brase said, "This crosses all genders, all races, all sexual orientations, all occupations. Truckers might be standing up, but it's not about the truckers. It's about America."
Johnson added, "This is going to get very big, in my opinion, and I think the government needs to take a look at what the American people want. And they don't want mandates. They want to see their families. We're just trying to be the voice of the voiceless."
The United States does not have a national vaccine mandate for truckers who travel domestically. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a national mandate for employers. Some Democrat-run cities, like Washington, D.C., and New York, however, have imposed harsh vaccination rules.
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