The GoFundMe fundraising platform said Feb. 5 it will automatically refund donations made to a trucker convoy in Canada protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates after backlash.
GoFundMe said Friday it was preventing the funds from going to organizers of the Freedom Convoy and would instead send the money to “established charities verified by GoFundMe.”
The justification for the unusual move? “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,” GoFundMe said.
The website didn’t provide any evidence of the alleged violence or unlawful activity.
Jon Carpay, president of Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, a legal group representing the convoy organizers, told The Epoch Times that the fundraising company “has no credibility” without making the evidence public. Organizers told a briefing that police officers were using measures typically utilized by “oppressive regimes” to try to take away the truckers’ “right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression” and media reports and officials were falsely linking crimes committed by outsiders with the protesters.
We, the Truckers Of America, declare that whereas:
The “killer virus” is a mild flu
The Covid “vaccine” is a gene-modification treatment,
harmful, often deadly, and damaging
to the immune system
The Covid “vaccine” is unnecessary because cheap, effective
remedies exist; administering these
dangerous experimental jabs to children is
especially evil and violates the Nuremberg
code of 1947
The PCR test is totally fraudulent and can’t
differentiate between COVID-19
and the seasonal flu, as the CDC and
WHO now admit after two years; The
tests mostly give false-positives and were
rigged to do so
The PCR swabs are invasive, potentially damaging to the
olfactory nerve, and contain toxic
The case data generated is meaningless junk, as the authorities now
The masks are totally useless, increase the risks of
disease, and can damage children’s brains
by cutting off the supply of oxygen
The vaccine mandates are illegal, unconstitutional, and violate
our fundamental human rights and the
Nuremberg code of 1947
The vaccine “passports” are illegal, unconstitutional, discriminatory,
go against science, and violate the
The news media is the PR agency of Big Pharma,
purveying disinformation and lies about this
The “Fact Checkers” are the paid mouthpieces of Big Pharma,
disseminating untruths and misinformation
WE HEREBY DECLARE that we are not leaving this city until our demands are met, as follows:
* No more mandates
* No more gene-based “vaccines”
* No more bogus diagnostic tests
* No more masks
* No more health passports
* No more censorship by the lying News Media and Social Media—
All the scientific findings by truth-telling doctors
and researchers must be fully presented to the public.
* Full compensation by the vaccine manufacturers
and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to every person
injured by the COVID-19 “vaccines” or their bereaved families.
Our demonstration is totally peaceful and lawful. If any disturbance occurs it is the result of FBI dirty-tricks as occurred at the so-called “Capitol riot” of January 6, 2021.
IT’S TIME TO END THIS SCAMDEMIC
In its update on Saturday, GoFundMe, which hasn’t responded to requests for comment, claimed it had already enabled donors to get a refund and only the remaining funds would have been distributed to charities.
“However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process. We will automatically refund all contributions directly—donors do not need to submit a request. You can expect to see your refund within 7–10 business days,” the company said.
GoFundMe’s actions have drawn scrutiny, particularly in light of the platform allowing campaigns for people linked to violence before.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said it was “a fraud” for GoFundMe “to commandeer $9 [million] in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing.”
DeSantis said he will work with Florida’s attorney general, Ashley Moody, “to investigate these deceptive practices—these donors should be given a refund.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, also indicated the panel may probe what unfolded.
“GoFundMe promoted the ANTIFA-occupied CHOP zone in Seattle. But they shut down fundraisers for truckers protesting #COVID mandates. We’ve got questions,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to the autonomous zone, known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protect, that was shut down in Washington state in 2020 after several shootings.
Convoy organizers have recently turned to GiveSendGo, a GoFundMe competitor, to raise funds. GiveSendGo was down Saturday due to “bot cyber-attacks,” a spokeswoman told The Epoch Times via email. She said the company was “working as fast/hard as we can” to restore the website.
Omid Ghoreishi contributed to this report.