Anonymous Commenter thought this was more "playing in the streets".
Truckers aren't playing.
They understand this the minute they set out.
Every day they're convoying, or sitting parked, they're not hauling anything, anywhere.
That's a weapon, a tactic, and a strategy. There's only so many of them, and they can't be shat out like bad tacos whenever you want more.
"Public humiliation and beatdown" from three-letter agencies?
It is to laugh!
Point a loaded pistol at your own junk, and tell me to get back to work, or you'll pull the trigger.
Go ahead on. I'll wait right here.
Tell me how that turns out.
Freezing them out of fuel?
Same thing, on steroids.
You can't strategically and surgically cut off fuel like that anywhere.
(BTW, who hauls and delivers all that fuel? And you figure that oil companies are going to sit still in dotGov's pocket while you try that? As if this banana republic couldn't fuck up a crowbar in a sand pile if they tried to organize that? Let me know when the penny drops.)
The dotGov cannot afford any Boston Massacre/Waco moments. That would be the trigger that unleashes the hellstorm, coast-to-coast, simultaneously. And you can never stop the signal.
This is exactly the swordpoint pointed at government's throat that they can't fight, they can't ignore, and against which they're ultimately powerless to take action without cutting their own throat.
Truckers are not playing, from the moment they set out to do this, and they can accomplish more pain without firing a shot than all the dopey rallies could, combined, even if they'd all showed up with guns blazing.
This is how you bring a rogue regime to its knees without firing a shot.
DotGov can surrender. Or unleash open conflict, which invites everyone to play.
There will be no status quo ante to this party.
And that's what scares hell out of TPTB.
It's their own Kobayashi Maru scenario.
And they're going to fail, in an epic way.
UPDATE: For those who still can't grasp this situation, allow me to explain further.
The Jesus Nut
No, this has nothing to do with religious zeal.
Back in the day, one of the multiple howitzers I was expert on was the M114 Tub O' Shit, a WWII relic, 6+ tons of dogface- and Marine-proof hardware, fondly known as "The Pig" (because it was ostensibly made of simple pig iron, but really just steel. It was, however, a cast-iron bitch to move any which way, and ate rounds like a pig, hence much better nickname reasons). Atop this beast were large nuts, which held the recoil system together under formidable pressure, both when firing and at rest. They were known as the Jesus Nuts. Because "If it comes loose, you better start talking to Jesus." Helicopters have similar items, and for similar reasons, I am given to understand.
So do societies.
Truckers - everywhere, at this point - have twigged to the fact that they are one of the Jesus Nuts holding society together. Single Points Of Failure.
This isn't a movement. It's an avalanche.
It's far too late for the tyrants to vote, let alone the pebbles.