Truckers convoy into Washington for weekend-long protest
Truck displaying one of the hashtags used on social media during the event (CNN/WJLA)
WASHINGTON -- As the battle to end the government shutdown continues in Washington, so does an ongoing counter-protest by truckers.
Drivers from various parts of the country made their way to the nation's capital on Friday for a weekend-long demonstartion called "The Ride for the Constitution."
The group's goal is to flood the streets of the Washington all weekend to call attention several topics, including trying to convince lawmakers to vote against raising the national debt ceiling.
Participants also planned events with veterans at the World War II memorial and other sites.
The rally follows on the heels of the "Two Million Bikers" event last month, where thousands on motorcycles rode into Washington for various demonstrations.
And like "Two Million Bikers," social media is plany a major role in "The Ride for the Constitution." Participants and followers are keeping in contact on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtags "#t2sda" and "#t4vets", the latter being used to coordinate the events for veterans.