Canadian truckers will have to find money elsewhere after a fundraiser that raised $9 million for a protest against COVID-19 rules was shut down Friday night.
GoFundMe said it took down the page after speaking with law enforcement and claimed that the protesting truckers had broken the website’s terms of service. Though the website said it supports peaceful protests, the site stated the group had violated Term 8, which “prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment.”
“Given how this situation has evolved, no further funds will be directly distributed to the Freedom Convoy organizers,” GoFundMe said in a statement. “We will work with organizers to send all remaining funds to credible and established charities chosen by the Freedom Convoy 2022 organizers and verified by GoFundMe.”
The site stated that organizers had provided a distribution plan for $1 million “released earlier this week” and confirmed it would be used for participants “who traveled to Ottawa to participate in a peaceful protest.” Donors who wish to receive a refund may submit a request before Feb. 19.
GoFundMe’s decision was criticized on social media. Among them was Canadian psychology professor and author Jordan Peterson.
Anybody who donated to support the Truckers for Freedom convoy be sure to apply for that refund.
Let GoFundMe eat the administrative costs for their cowardice & find a way to get your refund to the protesters as you initially wanted to.
It's your money!
— Cory Morgan (@CoryBMorgan) February 4, 2022
More people are slowly flocking despite the blistering cold. Stay tuned over the evening and weekend!
Plus de gens commencent à arriver malgré le climat arctique. Restez à l'affût au cours de la soirée et fin d'semaine!
— Maxim Boivin ⚜🍁 (@MaximBoivin137) February 4, 2022