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Truckers Rally to Protest High Costs for Fuel

A convoy of truckers make their way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington to protest rising fuel costs.
A convoy of truckers make their way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington to protest rising fuel costs. (Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post)
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Demonstrators held signs, some of which read "Higher Fuel Means Higher Everything" and "No Gas, No Soccer: What Comes First? Kids or Gas?" When their leaders demanded governmental intervention, the truckers chanted "Now! Now!"

The truckers had planned to rally outside the Capitol, but rain forced them into the lobby of the Russell Senate Office Building, where they held a news conference. Fifteen truckers met with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.)

William Lockridge of the Washington Metropolitan Area Truckers Association compared the potential magnitude of rising fuel costs to the mortgage crisis.

Without congressional action, he said, "The whole economy of the country is in danger."

At the rally's end, Leroy Yohn, 50, a trucker from Hershey, Pa., stood outside, his hair and clothing soaked, holding an American flag. He said he would make the drive back to Washington as many times as it takes to get relief.

"Nothing gets done sitting at home," he said. "We have to make these people understand."

The group plans to demonstrate in New York on Thursday.


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