Ontario government wins court order blocking Freedom Convoy 2022's access to GiveSendGo donations
Accounts were established on Christian fundraising site after GoFundMe ended similar campaign
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The Canadian Superior Court of Justice has issued an order halting Freedom Convoy 2022's access to funds collected via the GiveSendGo website.
The order was issued Thursday, according to several news outlets, as the convoy of truckers, assembled to protest the country's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, assemble in Ottawa.
Supporters of the movement have reportedly raised millions via "Freedom Convoy 2022" and "Adopt-a-Trucker" campaigns on the fundraising site, according to NPR.
The accounts were established on the Christian fundraising site after the similar GoFundMe site announced last week that it would end a similar campaign and refund a reported $7.8 million-plus raised, citing the violation of its terms of service, amid reports of unlawful activity connected to the convoy.
The two accounts – Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker – had as of Thursday reportedly raised roughly $8.4 million and $686,000, respectively.
The request to stop organizers from accessing and distributing the funds was made by Canadian government officials, who oppose the effort and consider it an occupation. The movement has since spread to other Canadian provinces and along the Canada-U.S. border.
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