The Ontario government in Canada has received a Supreme Court order freezing millions of dollars in donations to the GiveSendGo platform from Freedom Convoy protesters.
This is the second time truckers have been denied access to funds since GoFundMe froze $10 million in donations last week and then returned the money to donors after failing.
The latest attempt to quell the protest relates to donations to the 2022 Freedom Caravan and the adoption of Trucker Pages on Jeff Sendjo’s fundraising platform. As of Thursday, Freedom Convoy 2022 has raised $8.4 million and truck adoption has raised $686,000.
Post-Millennium writer Jean Miles Cheung tweeted on Friday:
“Bitcoin Fix This… They Should Make Crypto Illegal in Canada.”
Benjamin Dichter, one of the group’s organizers, agreed with Cheung. On Friday, he tweeted: “This is good for Bitcoin.”
A group of supporters previously formed HonkHonk Hodl specifically to help the caravan raise bitcoin funds. At the time of writing, the group has raised 21 BTC ($902,000).
Bitcoin payment processor OpenNode wrote last year that a BTC payment solution is a viable option for people who have been blocked by traditional payment methods:
“One of the advantages of Bitcoin is its resistance to censorship. Without any central authority to determine who can and who cannot use Bitcoin, it has proven to be the currency of choice for many individuals and organizations that have remained outside traditional payment methods.
OpenNode wrote that accepting BTC donations spreads the word about Bitcoin to donors and recipients and encourages acceptance.
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However, there is controversy as to whether the Ontario government is able to freeze the funds. On Friday, GiveSendGo tweeted that no government in Canada has any control over how the money on its platform is managed in the United States. The company assured the protesters that “all funds allocated to each GiveSendGo campaign go directly to the beneficiaries of those campaigns.”
However, Toronto Suns political commentator Brian Lilly noted that while GiveSendGo is based in Boston, a Canadian court ruling is preventing some Canadians from accessing the funds. “Draging him to the United States and sending him here is a violation,” he said.