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Freedom Convoy Continues, Trudeau Begs Protestors to Stop, Fundraiser Raises $542K in Bitcoin

During the last week, a large number of truckers are still occupying the streets of Ottawa protesting the vaccine mandates. On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begged protestors to stop the demonstration and said “It has to stop.” Meanwhile, after Gofundme shut down the Freedom Convoy’s fundraiser, crypto advocates have raised 12. 41 bitcoin worth $542K in order to help the truckers continue the protest.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Insists Trucker’s Protest ‘Has to Stop,’ Florida Governor to Investigate Gofundme’s Actions

The Freedom Convoy 2022 is still ongoing as thousands of people have surrounded the parliament buildings in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. The protest started on January 29, as Canadian truckers objected to the new coronavirus vaccine and testing rules.

On Monday, after falling ill with Covid-19, while being fully vaccinated and boosted, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed parliament for the first time since he caught the coronavirus last week. “Individuals want to stop our economy, democracy and everyday lives of our citizens. It has to stop,” Trudeau insisted.

The Freedom Convoy 2022 in Canada has pressed on for ten straight days. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, has had enough with the protests and wants them stopped.

Trudeau made these statements after Gofundme, an American crowdfunding platform, closed down Freedom Convoy’s fundraising and promised to return donations. Gofundme closed the Freedom Convoy’s fundraiser and told the public it would be returning donations. The decision was criticized. Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, promised to investigate Gofundme after they reversed their decision. “I will work with [Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody] to investigate these deceptive practices,” DeSantis said.

Hundreds of Thousands in Censorship-Resistant Crypto Raised Since Gofundme Reversed Truckers’ Fundraiser

Three days ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on cryptocurrency advocates reacting to Gofundme’s decision and two crypto-infused fundraisers. A Bitcoin cash (BCH) supporter started a Flipstarter fundraiser in order to raise 100 BCH for the truckers and so far, the Flipstarter has raised 24. 10 BCH or close to $8K using today’s exchange rates. Another fundraiser our newsdesk reported on was crafted by a Twitter account dubbed: “Honkhonk Hodl.”

Honkhonk Hodl’s fundraiser has raised $542,000 or 12. 415 BTC as of 9: 45 a.m. (EST) on February 8, 2022. The goal is to raise 21 bitcoin for the Freedom Convoy truckers.

Honkhonk Hodl’s fundraiser — hosted on the Tally platform — has raised $541K or 12. 41 bitcoin (BTC) so far and people can donate onchain or leverage the Lightning Network to send support. 53% of the BTC donors donated to the Freedom Convoy’s fundraiser onchain, while the rest utilized the Lightning Network. According to an interview with one of the fundraiser’s founders and the Toronto Star reporters Alex McKeen and Grant LaFleche, the fund’s keys are being held by five different individuals.

” “At some point we could hand it off right to the truckers because the people who are donating their bitcoins, that’s exactly what they want to occur,” one Freedom Convoy fundraiser creator told the Toronto Star reporters. “We have only had one meeting. And, you know, it could be anything, and it could also go into when we could keep it as an endowment.”

Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson: ‘The Only Way Around the Stranglehold That Technology Has on Our Human Rights Is Decentralization’

Another Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson also saw the bitcoin fundraiser. Tucker Carlson Tonight, a Fox News anchor, also spoke out about Gofundme’s decision not to continue the fundraiser and the support that cryptocurrency has received.

Carlson discussed HonkhonkHodl’s fundraising on the Tally platform. He said: “Now why is this appealing?” The money cannot be stolen. Because governments don’t control crypto, no government can force anyone to hand over the money. Carlson added:

[Bitcoin] goes from person A to person B and all the intermediary does, the company, is connect the two — It’s pretty appealing — And you can imagine the long-term consequences here. If they want to make the U.S. Dollar irrelevant, the Canadian and American leaders will continue to act like this. It’s clear that decentralization is the only way to overcome the technology-based stranglehold on human rights.

The world is watching to see what happens when one part of society doesn’t follow the collective mandates. So far, the trucker’s Freedom Convoy 2022 in Canada is continuing for its tenth consecutive day and freedom activists worldwide are cheering them on.

The occupation in downtown Ottawa, Ontario has also moved toward the Ambassador Bridge which is the busiest border crossing in North America. Ambassador Bridge has shut down and traffic on I-75 and the service drive into Detroit, Michigan has been piling up since Monday evening.

What do you think about the truckers continuing the protest for the tenth straight day and Justin Trudeau insisting it has to stop? What do you think about the 12. 41 bitcoin raised for the Freedom Convoy? Bitcoin raised for Freedom Convoy

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman, the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News, is a Florida-based financial journalist. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. Redman is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source codes, 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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