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SPARKS FIAT BITCOIN DONATION DRIVE FOR FREEDOM TRUCKERS

Since GoFundMe suspended their campaign, bitcoiners have raised more than twelve bitcoins, totaling more than $543,000, for Canadian freedom truckers.

It’s been nearly two weeks since the first trucks arrived in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, kicking off what has become a global celebration, a freedom rally, nonviolent resistance, or a “nationwide insurgency,” depending on your perspective.

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency, is bringing in officers from other cities to assist, and is arresting anyone who assists a trucker. Last night, police began seizing fuel.

“The police made a tactical error tonight by seizing fuel.” That fuel is insignificant and has no bearing on our ability to keep trucks in place,” Nobody Caribou, an on-the-ground protest organiser and Bitcoin activist, tweeted. “By exposing their corruption on a global scale, they have awoken a beast.” Many thanks to everyone who keeps their cool.”

Clearly, local and federal politicians are hoping the trucks will leave soon, but Nobody Caribou told Canadian Bitcoin podcaster John Vallis that the protests are far from over.

Nobody Caribou has a team of organisers working with him on the ground, gathering information and communicating with truckers who plan to stay as long as it takes to 

 

bring about the changes they want:

There are no COVID-19 mandates.

There are no lockdowns.

 

Application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Truck convoy organisers said in a press conference this past Sunday that they’re here to stay and that they’ve raised over $4 million on the fundraising site GiveSendGo which they signed up for after GoFundMe froze their funds.

They also stated that they had received “$300,000 in bitcoin donations” at that time.

GOFUNDME PROVIDES A BITCOIN OPPORTUNITY

The truckers originally chose GoFundMe as their fundraising platform before switching to GiveSendGo because, after nearly $10 million in donations, GoFundMe froze the truckers’ account at the request of Ottawa’s mayor.

Jordan Peterson, a well-known philosopher and scholar, tweeted his support for the truckers and commented on the GoFundMe reversal, saying, “The theft of GoFundMe donations to the truckers was the single worst act of political corruption I have ever witnessed in Canada.”

The outrage over the injustice of this has only aided bitcoin organiser Nobody Caribou and his committee, who have received 12.4 BTC from over 4,300 donors to date.

A committee of five bitcoin supporters Bitcoiner Greg Foss, YouTuber BTC Sessions, Nobody Caribou, author Jeff Booth, and Bull Bitcoin CEO Francis Pouliot has organised bitcoin fundraising through Twitter and the fundraising site Tallycoin.

According to committee member Foss, donations to the official bitcoin wallet will be anonymous and secure. The donations are stored in a multisig wallet, which means that in order to access the donated funds, the wallet requires three out of five key signatures.

One of the committee members is in contact with the truckers’ organisers on the ground in Ottawa and will serve as the fund-distribution liaison.

BTC Sessions and Nobody Caribou said on a podcast last night that they are thinking about the best way to distribute funds. Because truckers are well-organised and receive donations, a truckers endowment fund to finance lawyers may be the way to go.

The committee hopes to create a short how-to video to demonstrate the process of sending bitcoin donations to truckers.

Meanwhile, the City of Ottawa has been unable to locate companies willing to tow trucks, according to the CBC:

“While many towing companies in Ontario were unwilling to be interviewed, several sources said that the companies contracted by the City of Ottawa were refusing to tow trucks involved in the demonstration.” The city refused to confirm or deny this, only stating that its bylaw department “uses several contracted services to assist with towing vehicles throughout the city.”

The protestors’ shift to Bitcoin has demonstrated that shutting down centralised donation services will not suffice to force an end to the standoff. It remains to be seen how far Bitcoin can take the cause.

 

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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