BIG GOV & BIG TECH TRY TO CRUSH THE FREEDOM CONVOY
Written by Peter Boykin on February 13, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
The Canadian Freedom Convoy protests are going strong, and the Canadian government [with the help of big tech] is beginning to move more aggressively to try and shut it down.
Back up: Recently, thousands of truckers, along with thousands of Canadian citizens, set up shop in downtown Ottawa, effectively shutting down the capital city. They are refusing to leave until Canada lifts all covid mandates.
? Big tech is trying to use its unchecked powers to kill the Freedom Convoy.
Crowdfunding site, GoFundMe froze $10 million dollars that were raised to support the truckers.
Initially, GoFundMe said if donations weren’t reclaimed, they would choose charities to redistribute the money to – effectively stealing from donors.
But after pressure, including states like Florida and Louisiana threatening to investigate them, GoFundMe automatically refunded all donations.
…the good news is a new fundraiser was set up on the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo and has already raised over $2 million.
?? The Canadian government has moved much more aggressively, as it attempts to shut down the peaceful protest.
The city of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency.
Armed police officers removed fuel and propane tanks being brought in to refuel the trucks, leaving truckers to freeze in the Canadian winter without fuel to keep their trucks warm.
The city shut down bridges and routes into the city, not allowing more protestors to arrive and making it harder for protestors to get access to food and supplies.
There’s a good collection of footage here, highlighting all the efforts by the Canadian government to dismantle the protest.
…The good news is the Ottawa police state isn’t putting out the protest. It’s causing it to spread. Toronto and Alberta now have a massive presence of Freedom Convoy protestors. If you ask me
UPDATE Published by Huff Puff (leftist fluff)
Canada Police Arrive To Remove Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters At U.S. Border
The blockade has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production.
WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police moved in to remove protesters at a bridge border crossing that has disrupted Canada-U.S. trade.
Protesters at the busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada remained despite new warnings to end the blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production.
A city bus and school bus arrived on the scene and police moved in formation toward them. One of the protesters used a megaphone to alert others that police were coming for the demonstrators, who are protesting against Canada’s COVID-19 mandates and restrictions. There is also an outpouring of fury toward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The Windsor Police & its policing partners have commenced enforcement at and near the Ambassador Bridge. We urge all demonstrators to act lawfully & peacefully. Commuters are still being asked to avoid the areas affected by the demonstrations at this time,” police tweeted.
About 20 protesters milled about outside, while others remained in their pickup trucks and other cars. A judge ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the blockade that has now entered multiple days and going.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province that will allow his cabinet to impose $100,000 fines and up to one year in jail as punishments against people who continue to illegally block roads, bridges, walkways, and other critical infrastructure.
Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court issued an injunction giving protesters blocking cross-border traffic a small amount of time to clear out. However, that deadline came and went.
Windsor police immediately warned that anyone blocking the streets could be subject to arrest and their vehicles could be seized.
The news was met earlier with defiance by protesters.
At the Ambassador Bridge, an unidentified person grabbed a microphone and addressed the crowd, asking if they wanted to stay or leave when the deadline rolled around. By a show of applause, it was agreed they would stay. “OK,” the man said. “Let’s stand tall.” The protesters responded by singing the Canadian national anthem.
The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest U.S.-Canadian border crossing, carrying 25% of all trade between the two countries. The standoff comes at a time when the auto industry is already struggling to maintain production in the face of pandemic-induced shortages of computer chips and other supply-chain disruptions.
While the Canadian protesters are decrying vaccine mandates for truckers and other COVID-19 restrictions, many of the country’s infection measures, such as mask rules and vaccine passports for getting into restaurants and theaters are already falling away as the omicron surge levels off.
Pandemic restrictions have been far stricter in Canada than in the U.S., but Canadians have largely supported them. The vast majority of Canadians are vaccinated, and the COVID-19 death rate is one-third that of the United States.
Gillies reported from Toronto.
[Source: Rebel News, The Hill, Waking Up Right newsletter, Huffington Post]
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