Musk calls Go Fund Me “Professional Thieves” after they freeze 10m in Trucker donations 

GoFundMe has been slammed online for canceling the fundraiser for truckers taking part in a “Freedom Convoy” in Canada, claiming it breached its terms of service. 

$10 million Canadian dollars raised for truckers demonstrating against Covid-19 vaccine mandates will instead be given to “credible and established charities” agreed with the Freedom Convoy  organisers.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, who has previously tweeted in support of the truckers, criticized the decision by tweeting  <https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1489794991308345345?> that Go Fund Me were “Professional Thieves”.

He also shared a screenshot of a tweet the crowdfunding platform shared in 2020 during unrest in Seattle.

However, Go Fund Me said that it “supports peaceful protests and we believe that was the intention of the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser when it was first created. We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.”

The truckers said they had now joined with GiveSendGo, another crowdfunding online platform, to raise funds for the truckers. I“GiveSendGo is going to enable us to get donations into the hands of truckers much, much quicker. If you can donate and help us keep these truckers going – we plan to be here for the long haul, as long as it takes to ensure that your rights and freedoms are restored,” spokeswoman Tamara Lich said.

The Canadian authorities have been taken aback with the growth in support for the truckers, seen as representing working-class families and others who oppose continued Covid restrictions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried to smear the protesters as “extremists” but the demonstration, centered in Ottawa this week as protestors say they will not leave until the mandate ends, continues to grow in size. Farmers on tractors are also joining truckers and others in cities such as Toronto.

Tamara Lich rejected the claims of extremism saying: “We are here out of love for our families, our communities and our nation. These past two years, the covid mandates have divided us. This protest began because of the federal government’s restrictions on truckers’ freedoms. Our movement has grown in Canada and across the world because common people are tired of the mandates and restrictions in their own lives that now seem to be doing more harm than good. We are therefore calling on all levels of government in Canada to end all covid mandates and restrictions. We will continue our protest until we see a clear plan for their elimination.”

Commentator Glenn Greenwald said the move by GFM highlighted a very divided society.

” Seems like we’re on a path where we’re going to have two of everything, depending on one’s political ideology: segregated websites, financial systems, even charitable giving, the result of systematically banning non-liberals. Seems like that leads to a bad and dark place.”

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