At the press conference on February 14, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland stated that this tactical effort against protestors comes under the reach of terrorist financing laws. It is aimed at “crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers that the protestors use.” Protesters have raised more than USD 19 million through the crowdfunding sites GoFundMe and GiveSendGo. However, the funds have been stopped from reaching the convoy, prompting some to launch a Bitcoin fundraising campaign (BTC).
Using the Tallycoin BTC fundraising tool, the HonkHonk Hodl organisation raised 22 BTC worth approximately $1 million. On February 15, HonkHonk Hodl deleted their Tallycoin page after exceeding their fundraising target. That cash is still likely to go to demonstrators.
GoFundMe complied with the Canadian government and repaid donations, while GiveSendGo experienced an information leak that revealed the identities of “thousands of names of people who gave to the Freedom Convoy.” There has been no indication of what happened to the Convoy’s cash.
BREAKING: GiveSendGo, the crowdfunding website used by the Freedom Convoy, is now redirecting to the domain GiveSendGone[.]wtf.
A video from the Disney film Frozen now appears alongside a manifesto condemning the website and the Freedom Convoy. pic.twitter.com/3TLAwfvZ3w
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) February 14, 2022
Canadian PM Trudeau stressed that the emergency powers would be “used temporarily and in an extremely particular fashion.” The Canadian Civil Liberties Association stated that by invoking the Emergencies Act, the Prime Minister had overstepped his power. For good reason, this law establishes a high and explicit standard: the Act authorises the government to circumvent usual democratic processes. This criterion has not been satisfied. ” For the time being, it is unclear which exact payments will be banned.
And there it is…things are starting to get spicy. What an advertisement for #Bitcoin.
Bitcoin = freedom
And don’t forget it. https://t.co/EEPh8RBk0H
— Preston Pysh (@PrestonPysh) February 14, 2022
Preston Pysh, the founder of Pylon Holding, has expressed ironic joy at the prospects for adoption shown by the Freedom Convoy.