The founders of Christian fundraising website GiveSendGo testified Thursday in a Canadian Parliamentary Committee, defending the weeks long trucker protest in Ottawa, saying the protest was largely “peaceful.” Rival fundraiser GoFundMe took a different tone, with executives admitting on the record they had bought into left-wing media’s narrative that the protest was “violent” and “unlawful.”
The founders of GiveSendGo, siblings Jacob Wells and Heather Wilson, pushed back against the left-wing media’s narrative that the protest in Ottawa was violent and unlawful. While being grilled in a Parliamentary Committee, co-founder Jacob Wells reaffirmed his position that the protest was “largely peaceful,” while admitting that some bad apples had made their way into the mix. Wells’ testimony was corroborated by credible news outlets; even the NY Times described the protest as mostly peaceful. Toronto 99 journalists were on scene for multiple days, and did not observe any violence or illegal activity.
After rival fundraiser GoFundMe pulled the plug on the “Freedom Convoy,” supporters turned to GiveSendGo for donations. The money from the GiveSendGo is currently frozen after an order from the Ontario government. Lawyers spearheading the class-action against the convoy organizers and participants in Ottawa are trying to seize the funds, so they can distributed them to the citizens of downtown Ottawa, as a settlement for the disruption the protest caused.
Two of the Freedom Convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Pat King remain in prison, after a judge refused either of them bail. In addition, both of them have had their bank accounts frozen, complicating efforts to obtain bail or pay for legal fees. Independent journalist Andy Lee claims her bank accounts were frozen after she reported on the trucker protest in Ottawa during its final days. Lee plans on suing the government to regain access to her lost funds.
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