The Ontario government has placed another block on millions of dollars in contributions to Freedom Convoy
The second effort to prevent contributions from reaching drivers through a regular fundraising site led to an increase in Bitcoin donations.
The Superior Court of Justice in Canada has granted the Ontario Provincial government an injunction freezing millions of dollars in contributions made via the GiveSendGo website from reaching the Freedom Convoy demonstrators.
This is the second time truckers have been refused access to cash since GoFundMe blocked $10 million in contributions last week and then returned contributors in response to the outcry.
The newest effort to defund the demonstration involves contributions to the GiveSendGo fundraising platform’s “Freedom Convoy 2022” and “Adopt-a-Trucker” sites. “Freedom Convoy 2022” had raised $8.4 million as of Thursday, while “Adopt-a-Trucker” had raised $686,000.
Today, Ian Miles Cheong, a writer for The Post Millennial, tweeted: “Bitcoin resolves this… They would have to criminalise bitcoin in Canada.” Benjamin Dichter, one of the fundraiser’s organisers, concurred with Cheong. “This is beneficial for Bitcoin,” he tweeted today.
Earlier this year, a group of supporters founded the HonkHonk Hodl organisation expressly to assist the caravan in raising Bitcoin contributions. The organisation has raised 21 BTC ($902,000) as of the time of writing.
According to OpenNode, the Bitcoin payment processor, the BTC payment solution is a feasible option for those who have been censored by conventional payment systems.
“One of Bitcoin’s advantages is its resilience to censorship. Without a central authority dictating who can and cannot use Bitcoin, it has established itself as the preferred money for a large number of people and organisations that have been excluded from conventional payment systems.”
Accepting Bitcoin contributions, according to OpenNode, raises awareness of Bitcoin among donors and recipients and increases adoption.
However, there is controversy concerning the province of Ontario’s ability to freeze the funding. GiveSendGo said in a tweet today that the Canadian government has no influence over how monies are handled on its United States-based platform. The business informed demonstrators that “all donations raised via ANY campaign on GiveSendGo directly benefit the campaign’s beneficiaries.”
However, Toronto Sun political commentator Brian Lilly noted that, despite the fact that GiveSendGo is headquartered in Boston, the Canadian court injunction bars any Canadians from receiving the monies. “Withdrawing it in the United States and bringing it here would be a violation,” he said.