Freedom Convoy Organizer Says Removal of GoFundMe Donations Result of Government Interference

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OTTAWA—An organizer with the Freedom Convoy protest says the seizure of C$10 million (US$8 million) in donations for the truckers by GoFundMe was due to government interference.

“It was clearly direct interference from the government to cancel this campaign,” Benjamin Dichter said at a press conference in Ottawa on Feb. 6.

On Feb. 4, GoFundMe said it was removing the donations and giving the money to charities it had verified. Initially, the fundraising platform said those who had donated could request a refund, but on Feb. 5 it said it will automatically reimburse the funds to the donors.

On Feb. 3, a House of Commons committee voted unanimously to call on GoFundMe to testify before MPs to learn about the source of the funds donated to the protest movement, and what safeguards were in place to ensure the money wouldn’t be used to “promote extremism.”

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