TD Bank freezes bank accounts linked to ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest

TD Bank has confirmed that it has frozen the Bank accounts who gave them $1.1 million to support trucker-led protests in Canada.

A spokesperson for TD Bank told news organizations on February 12 that the financial institution had appealed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to obtain the funds in a bid to return the money to donors. “who have requested refunds but whose right to a refund cannot be determined by TD. »

One of the bank accounts received a lump sum of $1 million in Canadian currency via GoFundMe, while the rest – around C$300,000 – was sent to a second account through multiple bank wire transfers, a said a TD spokesperson. Reuters. A TD Bank spokesperson said the bank did not know where the GoFundMe payment came from.

Jay Cameron, spokesperson for the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom, a group representing the protesters, told The Epoch Times on Monday that “many politicians and media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and National Post, have made remark on the peaceful nature of the protest against authoritarian vaccination mandates.

“There are significant questions surrounding the legal basis under which TD Bank seized donation funds and asked to transfer them to court,” Cameron said.

And Keith Wilson, a lawyer from convoysaid TD Bank had been “warned that its actions were inappropriate and disappointing” after the two accounts were frozen, Reuters reported.

“We will also be taking the Ontario government to court to seek the immediate lifting of what we consider to be an unlawful order,” he told the news service.

About a week before TD Bank’s decision, GoFundMe blocked donations to a fundraiser for the Freedom Convoy led by Canadian truckers and noted it would return refunds. In a Feb. 7 statement, GoFundMe said all donations had been refunded and claimed to have had “multiple discussions with local law enforcement and police reports of violence and other illegal activity.” without providing any evidence.

GoFundMe has been criticized for canceling fundraisers for Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund, vaccine warrant lawsuits, and more. GiveSendGo, another crowdfunding website, instead took on fundraising for the Freedom Convoy, a protest that aims to end Canada’s vaccination mandates.

On February 10, the Ontario Superior Court ordered GiveSendGo to freeze all funds donated through GiveSendGo. The platform wrote on Twitter that he would defy the court order.

When GoFundMe announced the suspension of fundraising, Jon Carpay, the head of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedom, told The Epoch Times earlier in February that GoFundMe must release evidence of “violence” and “illegal activity”.

“Normally, law enforcement is not at all shy about showing evidence to the public, and that evidence should show that the individual is in fact a member of the Freedom Convoy. It could be an agitator who deliberately seeks to discredit the freedom convoy. So what evidence is there that this suspected criminal was even involved in the freedom convoy? said Carpay.

Several TD Bank spokespersons did not respond to Epoch Times requests for comment. GoFundMe has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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