UPDATE: (Washington, DC) -- A Georgia trucker who threatened to lead a shutdown of Washington, DC's Capital Beltway now says it was all a stunt. Fifty-year-old Earl Conlon tells the "Washington Post," he was just trying to bring attention to what he and other independent truckers see as a refusal by Congress to work on behalf of the American people. In a YouTube video, Conlon is seen saying he and up to three-thousand other truckers will clog lanes and take the 64-mile roadway surrounding Washington, DC hostage on Friday. The effort was being dubbed the "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally and Conlon tells the newspaper he'll be watching to see if any truckers go ahead with the plan anyway.
(NEWSER) – Protesting truckers are planning a shutdown of their own—on Washington's beltway. Starting on Friday morning, they intend to fill the road "three lanes deep" with tractor-trailers, an organizer of "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" tells US News and World Report. In a demonstration against what they view as violations of the Constitution, planners like Earl Conlon are calling for "the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office." Their grievances include truckers' wages, industry regulations, and NSA spying, the Hill reports.