SAN DIEGO — About two dozen motorcyclists gathered Saturday for what they called a peaceful ride of solidarity to the border in San Ysidro to call for the release of jailed Marine Sgt. AndrewTahmooressi.
“I have yet to hear the occupant of the White House even mention Sgt. Tahmooressi’s name. Someone has to do something,” said John Harrington, who organized the rally.
Harrington left his home in Texas to ride 1,400 miles to San Diego for a protest. Along the way, his small group of riders got bigger.
“It’s been a wonderful testament to that American spirit that is alive and well – but is not represented in D.C.,” said Harrington.
Motorcyclists said they’re furious the U.S. government has not done more to free Tahmooressi, who’s been locked up in Mexico for more than two months after he said he accidentally crossed the San Ysidro checkpoint with registered guns in his truck.
“We want to stand up for our own. He’s our countryman. If we don’t stand up for him, what happens when they come for you or any of these guys? We have a duty to serve each other,” said Mollie Powell, who flew in from Florida for the border rally.
What adds to the anger is the recent release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners.
“By all accounts from people on the ground with him (Bergdahl) – was nowhere near the patriot Sgt. Tahmooressi is. He might have been a deserter, possibly a traitor. But we move heaven and earth to get him home,” said Harrington.
Organizers are planning another rally at the border for the 4th of July weekend.
“It’s up to our officials to decide what that ride’s going to be. It can be a solidarity and celebration ride into Mexico or it can be a ride of protest,” Harrington said.