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WASHINGTON, DC -

First it was the Million Biker Rally in DC. Now truckers are planning on making themselves heard and seen protesting on DC roadways.

Not only is the government (partially) shut down, but now a caravan of truck drivers is looking to shut down traffic around Washington -- as part of a bizarre protest against things that are "destroying America."

They also may or may not be trying to arrest members of Congress.

The group, Truckers Ride for the Constitution, is trying to attract participants for a demonstration on the Capital Beltway starting this Friday.

"Truck drivers will not haul freight! ... Truckers will lead the path to saving our country if every American rides with them!" the group's Facebook page, which had more than 57,000 "likes" as of Tuesday morning, declares.

The truckers reportedly plan to clog the Beltway by driving "three lanes deep" for three days.

So just what do they want?

Their list of grievances is apparently quite long.

According to a report in The Hill, the drivers are complaining about wages, gas prices and federal regulations on their industry. They're also not too chuffed about the debt or the National Security Agency's surveillance practices.

Earl Conlon, who claims to speak for the group, also told U.S. News & World Report that they seek the arrest of members of Congress who have "violated their oath of office."

"We want these people arrested, and we're coming in with the grand jury to do it," he said.

Conlon, though, said the drivers' beef has to do with support for arming Al Qaeda-tied members of the Syrian opposition.

And good luck to anyone trying to pass the protesting truck drivers. Conlon said commuters who want to pass must have a sticker on their window supporting the group.

"It's going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter," Conlon told U.S. News & World Report. "If cops decide to give us a hard time, we're going to lock the brakes up, we're going to stop right there, we're going to be a three lane roadblock."

But the Facebook page for the group, after the article was published, said Conlon "has no authority" to speak on behalf of RideForTheConstitution.org. Without specifying, the statement said the organization did not want to be associated "with anything that is unlawful."

Asked to clarify the purpose of the event, spokesman Peter Santilli told FoxNews.com on Tuesday: "One of our demands is NON-NEGOTIABLE: President Obama must be removed from office for crimes against the United States and all unconstitutional executive orders nullified. How that is accomplished legally is for the legal and constitutional experts to determine."

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ridefortheconstitution
http://ridefortheconstitution.org/

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