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GoFundMe Freezes Over $10 Million in Funding From Canadian Freedom Convoy

The Freedom Convoy has entered its sixth day of peaceful protests over vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the US and Canadian borders

The GoFundMe campaign organized to support the Canadian truckers protest has raised over $10 million, and was suspended on Wednesday by the fundraising platform.

The page now carries a disclaimer reading, “This fundraiser is currently paused and under review to ensure it complies with our terms of service and applicable laws and regulations.”

“Our team is working 24/7 and doing all we can to protect both organizers and donors. Thank you for your patience,” it continues. 

Ottawa City Councilor Mathieu Fleury said that the money raised through GoFundMe should instead be used for the expense of police involvement in the protests.

“This morning I have asked the city manager and city solicitor to immediately launch court proceedings targeting the millions of dollars in funds frozen by GoFundMe so Ottawa taxpayers are not left holding the bag for these protests,” she said in a now-deleted tweet from Monday.

There has been no recorded violence since the start of the Freedom Convoy’s protest six days ago. The peaceful protest demonstration has, however, disrupted traffic flow in Ottawa and at the Alberta border crossing. 

Videos released from the capital of Ottawa show protesters delivering food to the homeless as protestors gathered and raised flags in support of their efforts. 

Ottawa residents frustrated with the constant blare of truck horns and traffic gridlock have been questioning how police are handling the situation. 

On Wednesday, Ottawa’s chief of police, Peter Sloly, said his force of 1,500 officers could not clear the city and needed the help of the nation’s military.

“This is a national issue, not an Ottawa issue. I am increasingly concerned there is no policing solution to this,” Sloly said.

“There is no lawful authority to seal a city. There’s no practical capability to seal a city of this size,” he continued. “We do not want riots, but all options remain on the table.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is working with the Ottawa police to put an end to the protest

“We will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that people are protected and to ensure that this protest, which is now becoming illegal, does come to an end,” Trudeau said.

Sloly cautioned that bringing in the military would carry risk and estimated that he would need a force of around 50,000 officers to move protesters from Ottawa. 

The blocking of the United States border in southern Alberta appears to be easing somewhat after truckers at the border crossing at Coutts agreed to open some lanes.

“Frankly, the protesters feel their message has been heard. Nobody wants this blockade to happen anymore,” said Chad Williamson, a lawyer representing truckers.

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