Watching GoFundMe persecute the peaceful Canadian trucker civil disobedience campaign, after allowing supporters to fund the very violent actual insurrection that was the CHAZ/CHOP occupation, is mind boggling. Fox News’ Adam Shaw reports:
Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, which is now caught up in controversy over its nixing of a fundraiser for the Canadian trucker protests, once promoted an appeal for the 2020 Seattle Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP.)
The platform on Friday announced that it had frozen the convoy’s official campaign, offering a justification that there was violence connected to the Freedom Convoy and the protest had turned into an occupation. The truckers are protesting Canada’s vaccine mandates.
“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,” a statement from GoFundMe said.
It said it had subsequently judged the fundraiser to be in violation of its terms of service (specifically clauses barring the promotion of violence and harassment) and that it was being removed. It subsequently reversed a decision to redistribute any funds that had not been claimed.
The GoFundMe page to support the “Freedom Convoy” of Canadian truckers was approaching $10 million as of Monday evening, which is more money than the major federal political parties of Canada raised during the last quarter of 2021.
However, despite its concern about “occupation,” in 2020 the platform not only allowed, but also gave its backing on social media to a fundraiser for a farmer working in the left-wing Seattle protest which occupied a six-block downtown area.
“In a community with no police, this farmer is feeding people & bringing them closer together,” the tweet said with a link to the fundraiser. “Learn how you can support Marcus’ mission within the CHOP”
The platform retweeted a Bloomberg interview with the farmer, in which he said it was interesting to him to see “an area that has been highly gentrified taken over and occupied and for these people to experience what it’s like to be occupied and to deal with issues of being displaced.”
Even mega-multi-billionaire Elon Musk was so surprised by GoFundMe’s move he took the time to comment on the fundraising site’s double standards, remembering that GoFundMe allowed BLM to raise money even while its protests were burning American cities throughout summer 2020.
Zaini Majeed reports at RepublicWorld.com:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Saturday called out at the ‘double standards’ of the GoFundMe after it cancelled the Freedom Convoy fundraiser. Musk reminded that the platform had widely supported the campaign for the Black Lives Matter protests at the Capitol Hill in Seattle, as he accused GoFundMe of hypocrisy. SpaceX CEO launched an attack on the crowdfunding platform after $10 million Canadian dollars ($8 million USD or Rs 58 crore) was raised in support of truckers protesting against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
And shortly afterward, the platform blocked the fundraiser saying that it violated its terms of service “which prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment.”
GoFundme also seized the amount, stating that it will donate the $10 million CAD to “credible and established charities,” according to several reports. “Double-standard?” Musk questioned on Twitter as he shared the screenshot of a tweet by GoFundMe published in 2020 during the riots in Seattle.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2022
Meanwhile, in Canada, the politicians have mobilized police against the truckers. Police units began stealing truckers’ fuel in order to freeze them out of town.
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