There is a movement out there organizing truckers to protest the U.S. government on Oct 11 by causing major traffic jams and such in D.C.and around the country. By looking at their Facebook page and website, this sounds like it could be a big deal. I also know that things like this can be made to look a lot bigger than they really are.
So I'm curious if any of the others here have heard of the movement to try getting a better idea of their actual reach. Being a trucker myself, I want to say I'm wholly against this specific group but want to see if this topic has enough interest for me to bother elaborating much.
That is the group, yes, and they are currently saying the paper was interviewing someone that wasn't part of the leadership and demanding a retraction of the article. Since that is the only time I've heard any of them say anything about "arresting" people, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt on that one. I haven't heard anything that extreme from anyone else involved. At most, blocking roads, cutting air lines to disable trucks, and blocking off fuel pumps at truckstops... All of which isn't the right way to protest either imho. I think it's the followers mostly wanting to cause physical damages/vandalism.
I was on the fence a bit on the group as a whole because I do support some of their ideas. That is, until I heard one of the co-founders and a spokesman (for lack of a better term) being interviewed on a radio show. They weren't trying to advocate violence like the other guy in the article you linked, but here's what I learned from their own words:
-The leaders have nothing to do with the trucking industry
-They don't understand how the industry works
-Talking out of both sides of their mouths, wanting less government while at the same time wanting government to step in where they shouldn't
-Claimed it's the government's fault that owners don't know how to run their own business
-Considered documents that were on their site at the time listing what the group is about as "old news" and outdated when debating what they said (and the documents were only a couple weeks old as it was!)
-Since changed said documents after the show, despite being so fervent defenders of the removed points during the interview.
-They were originally named Truckers to Shut Down America, and not only changed their name, but their agenda seems to keep changing.
-Called pointing out the fallacy of their two main leading points as getting off track and into the minutia of things that didn't matter.
-Apparently are deleting just about any post on their Facebook page that disagrees with the established plans, while saying that want driver and industry feedback to make things better
Ride for the Constitution info:
A counter point and open discussion page set up by the radio host that interviewed them