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GoFundMe blocks truck convoy fundraiser but allowed this in the past

Truckers with Freedom Convoy 2022 in Ottawa, Jan. 29, 2022

There was an uproar over GoFundMe’s decision not to release the nearly $10 million donated by thousands of people to support the truck convoy in Canada, calling for an end of the COVID mandates. A recent poll reveals that a majority of Canadians want the mandates to end.

It tells you a couple of things.

First, it reveals the political naivety of the truck organizers.

This is not an insult. It is a pat on the back, that they haven’t been caught up in the political cesspool enveloping North America.

Anyone who has been closely following conservative politics over the past few years did not trust GoFundMe.

Secondly, it reinforces the opinions that many have about GoFundMe, which decided to not release the funds, accusing the truck protest of violence and occupation, but allowed this.

Fox News explains:

However, despite its concern about [Freedom Convoy 2022] “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.

While the CHOP was initially heralded by liberal media outlets and politicians, the New York Times later reported on the experience of besieged business owners who endured the occupation and violence that accompanied it.

“Business crashed as the Seattle police refused to respond to calls to the area. Officers did not retake the region until July 1, after four shootings, including two fatal ones,” the Times reported.

Fox News reported at the time that crimes including shooting and assaults had taken place, that protesters had reportedly blocked police from responding to crimes and that the local police chief had said that 911 response times to reports of burglaries, rapes and other crimes had tripled in the vicinity.

READ: GoFundMe, now nixing Canadian trucker fundraiser, promoted Capitol Hill Occupied Protest appeal

Despite refusing to allow the donations to go where they were intended, GoFundMe initially decided that everyone would have to apply for a refund by Feb 19, 2022. Any monies not refunded would be designated to other charities, that the individual may or may not support.

After public outcry, GoFundMe has since announced it will automatically be refunding all Freedom Convoy 2022 donations. READ: UPDATE: GoFundMe Relents After Backlash, Will Refund All Donors to Canadian Trucker Fund

RELATED: DeSantis, Republican Attorneys General To Launch Probe Into GoFundMe Over Freedom Convoy’s Fundraiser

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