Organizers of the trucker convoy’s GoFundMe have updated the fundraiser, stating the protest is to be absolutely peaceful and adding cautionary rules for protesters to take, so that bad state actors don’t dupe them.
“The Freedom Convoy has inspired truckers from across Canada, the United States, and now the world. The Freedom Convoy to Canberra is one example and has already started in Australia. Their GoFundMe campaign has already raised $63,569,” B.J. Ditcher writes in an update.
“… However, we cannot achieve our goals if there are threats or acts of violence. This movement is a peaceful protest, and we do not condone any acts of violence, etc.”
Indeed, the mainstream media has already made several claims suggesting that the trucker convoy is just a front for some kind of January-6-style insurrection, a claim which no one participating in the convoy has ever suggested.
Moreover, leaked internal documents from parliament have revealed that the government is preparing for just that — even though there is no evidence to support the precautionary measures.
While no one involved with the trucker convoy appears to have any desire to pursue violence, the potential for bad state actors to goad protesters into taking stupid actions, such as entering parliament, is high, and the GoFundMe’s organizers believe certain ground rules need to be established to prevent any such action.
“We already know there will be activists working at the behest of global authoritarians and think tanks to sabotage our movement. Because of this, we must have a zero-tolerance approach to aggressive behaviour and violence,” organizers write. “Please remain calm and loving to one another.”
We cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to do the following:
DO NOT enter any government building or government property under any circumstances.
Treat all police officers with respect. Front line police officers are already under significant pressure from powerful politicized individuals and local politicians. They are our fellow Canadians, and the police in regions like Peel defended us when they refused to enforce Doug Ford’s draconian Covid restrictions on citizens last year. Please do not put front-line officers in a difficult position. Always be respectful, even if they issue you a citation. Just know that most of them are doing so under duress.
Keep calm. If you see individuals attempting to bait other truckers and attendees into conflict, report them to the police and our staff, or look to others around you to help with de-escalation. Sometimes it merely requires one calm head in a group to temper us all. Don’t hesitate to be the negotiator!
Do not make any type of threat. Threats lead to escalation, which could lead to violence. Please do your absolute best to stifle any aggressive rhetoric. As you know, the legacy media will be present and will use this as ammunition against our movement. Their business model is built on a strategy of destroying reputations. Do not help them profit from destroying your reputation.
Overpass filled with supporters of the freedom trucker convoy in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada. pic.twitter.com/iXaWqOE10I
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) January 28, 2022
At the time of writing, the Freedom Convoy 2022 GoFundMe, started by Tamara Lich, has raised $7,239,510 from over 91,000 donators in just two weeks.
The movement has sparked a fire for freedom in people, both in Canada and globally, with big names such as Tucker Carlson, Elon Musk, Russell Brand, Don Cherry, and Jordan Peterson throwing their full support behind the truckers.
Canadian truckers have captured the world’s attention. This is their moment!pic.twitter.com/QGnsBj0eiP
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) January 28, 2022
If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom. This is the path to tyranny.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
Thousands of truckers in Canada have formed a convoy to protest the country’s vaccine mandates. pic.twitter.com/vFmr9GrDyC
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 28, 2022
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) January 28, 2022
The convoy is expected to arrive in Ottawa tomorrow. Everyone is unified, and, for the first time in a long time, Canadians are hopeful about the future.