Tesla founder Elon Musk and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have gone to bat for the hundreds of Canadian truckers protesting the nation’s vaccine mandates, railing GoFundMe for reducing ties with “Freedom Convoy.”
The fundraising firm blocked the discharge of almost $10 million in donations, citing “the promotion of violence and harassment” happening in the course of the protest. Musk took to Twitter to name out GoFundMe for its hypocrisy.
Musk then posted a screenshot of GoFundMe supporting the Seattle primarily based Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) in June 2020, calling it a double normal. During the length of the protest, 4 shootings in a span of 10 days befell inside the boundaries of the free-protest zone, per The New York Times.
DeSantis voiced his frustration in direction of GoFundMe on Twitter, calling the corporate a fraud.
The truckers initially arrived in Canada’s capital on Jan. 29. Many honked loudly and wielded Canadian flags and “F*** [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau” banners. In an announcement obtained by the New York Post, GoFundMe mentioned the group’s as soon as peaceable protest has now turn out to be illegal.
“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,” the assertion reads.
GoFundMe mentioned Saturday that they’d be beginning the refunding course of within the coming days.
“The update we issued earlier enabled all donors to get a refund and outlined a plan to distribute remaining funds to verified charities selected by the Freedom Convoy organizers,” GoFundMe wrote. “However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process for you. We will automatically refund your contributions directly – you do not need to submit a request. You can expect to see your refund within 7 – 10 business days.”
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