The truckers Freedom Convoy in Canada continues even after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned the truckers the government is ready to “respond with whatever it takes.” Furthermore, an Ontario judge on Friday ordered protestors to end the blockade at Ambassador Bridge, and TD Bank gave around a million dollars donated to the Freedom Convoy to the Canadian court. Meanwhile, two cryptocurrency fundraisers have successfully completed and Canadian officials are aware of these efforts.
Trudeau Warns Freedom Convoy Participants Could Face ‘Real Consequences’ if They Don’t Leave
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s had enough of the protestors and he’s warned participants that they could face “real consequences” if they don’t pack it up. “Today, I shared a clear message to those taking part in illegal blockades and occupations: We’ve heard you. But there are consequences for breaking the law, and those consequences are becoming increasingly severe. It’s time to go home to your communities,” Trudeau further explained at a press conference.
According to reports, the Biden administration is being briefed regularly about the protests in Canada and Trudeau tweeted that he’s been in touch with U.S. president Joe Biden. “Today, @POTUS Biden and I spoke about the illegal blockades at the border,” the Canadian Prime Minister wrote. “I updated him on the situation, and we discussed the American and global influence on the protests. We agreed that, for the security of people and our economies, these blockades cannot continue.”
Judge Orders Protestors to Leave Ambassador Bridge, TD Bank Hands Over a Million Dollars in Non-Refunded Donations to Ontario Court
Four days ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on the trucker’s Freedom Convoy, as thousands of protestors have been occupying the streets of Ottawa protesting the vaccine mandates. The report further noted that day, protestors moved toward the Ambassador Bridge, which is the busiest border crossing in North America. The bridge blockade had just started and traffic started to pile up near the bridge on I-75 and the service drive into Detroit, Michigan. 24 hours ago, an Ontario judge on Friday ordered protestors to vacate the Ambassador Bridge. The judge gave them until 7 p.m. that evening, so protesters could have time to pack up and leave.
However, the occupation did not end and the Freedom Convoy participants have continued to protest during the weekend. Furthermore, after Gofundme shut down the Freedom Convoy’s fundraiser, around $1 million of non-refunded funds were handed over to the court by TD Bank. TD Bank told Toronto’s CTV News that it would surrender the money to the court system in Ontario. Despite the the moves by Gofundme and TD Bank, another fundraising platform called Givesendgo explained it would not comply with the Ontario court’s demands.
“Know this. Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at Givesendgo,” the company said on Twitter. “All funds for EVERY campaign on Givesendgo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns.”
‘The Grasp of Tyrants Is Waning:’ 2 Crypto Funds Successfully Raise Close to $1 Million in Censorship-Resistant Digital Assets
Meanwhile, two cryptocurrency funds have successfully completed their goals, as one fundraiser has raised 100 bitcoin cash (BCH) and another raised 21 bitcoin (BTC). 29 contributors donated the bitcoin cash worth over $32K today, using current BCH exchange rates.
The BTC fundraiser for 21 bitcoin went over the goal amount, with 21.75133856 BTC worth $932K raised by 5,318 contributors. One contributor donated 5 BTC worth more than $214K at press time, and wrote:
The grasp of tyrants is waning.
Reports from Toronto’s CTV News indicate that Canadian officials are well aware of the cryptocurrency crowdfunding efforts dedicated to the Freedom Convoy’s truckers. Documents filed in an Ontario court, verify Ottawa Police are monitoring the cryptocurrency fundraising techniques. One officer in Canada reportedly spoke about the crypto fundraising in an affidavit. Erica Pimentel of Queens University explained to Toronto’s CTV News reporter Jon Woodward that the crypto fundraising could very well become a mainstay.
“I think bitcoin is going to become the currency of social movements. And they are going to be playing international whack-a-mole trying to stand in the way of those transactions,” Pimentel remarked to Woodward during her interview.
Reports published at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, February 12, 2022, indicate that the Canadian police have started to “remove” protestors from blocking the Ambassador Bridge. NBC News’ reporters Henry Austin, David K. Li and Tim Stelloh note the “tense standoff appeared to be dissolving peacefully.”
“The Windsor Police & its policing partners have commenced enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge,” the police said. “We urge all demonstrators to act lawfully & peacefully. Commuters are still being asked to avoid the areas affected by the demonstrations at this time.”
Toronto’s CTV News reporter Tom Yun explained on Saturday afternoon that members of the “Ottawa convoy remain defiant.” Yun further added that police in Ottawa are expecting a “surge of trucks, vehicles and people to join the approximately 400 vehicles in the downtown core on Saturday.” Additionally, the Canadian government is reportedly dealing with a convoy prepping to protest in Toronto. The CTV News reporter concluded by disclosing that Freedom Convoy supporters have congregated in Montreal, New Brunswick, Emerson, Man. and Coutts, Alta as well.
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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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