Canada is not known to be hostile to bitcoin, but many did not expect recent authoritarian moves from their libertarian government. The recent actions of the Prime Minister of Canada indicate a violation of civil rights and they are watching crypto for fear of seizable resistance tools (bitcoin).
Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’, a movement of protesters against covid-19 measures, had raised more than $9 million through a GoFundMe campaign, but the platform then decided to suspend and return the funds, allegedly due to pressure from the Canadian government.
Then the campaign was brought back to life thanks to bitcoiner group “Honk Honk Hold”, who created a alternative campaign on the Tallycoin platform, allowing supporters to send donations in Bitcoin. 0% fees, censorship and enterable resistance, Bitcoin fixed that.
The group recently halted their fundraising efforts as their goals were met after raising over 20 BTC.
But throughout the Canadian trucker phenomenon, government behavior has sent dangerous authoritarian signals. The GoFundMe platform has also been questioned. How could anyone count on him if he can be forced to turn his back on the movements hated by those in power? This is a strong example of why we need decentralized tools and financial freedom.
Just yesterday, we shared US Senator Ted Cruz’s opinion on the matter. He thinks “the same little authoritarians who hate Joe Rogan, who hate Canadian truckers, they hate bitcoin and they hate crypto.” And the reason behind this hatred is not being able to control them.
And in the most perfect moment to support Cruz’s theory, we get a sudden move from the Canadian government.
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An anti-Bitcoin movement
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invoked the country’s Emergencies Act for the first time in the country’s history. This means that citizens’ rights to free movement and demonstration can be “temporarily suspended”.
Under the law, the government can use the military against protesters, though Trudeau says they won’t be called up, and the government “will not prevent people from exercising their right to lawfully protest.”
Towing companies will be forced to remove trucks from the convoy blocking highways and other roads.
“This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs and restoring trust in our institutions,” said the Prime Minister. What faith?
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association do not believe the “high and clear” threshold needed to invoke the law has been met and warns that such use threatens Canada’s democracy and civil liberties.
Following this action, Canada’s Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, proudly announced in a conference expansion of money laundering laws.
Thanks to the Emergency Measures Act, the government can now suspend or freeze the personal or business accounts of those who support the protesters. “These changes cover all forms of transactions, including digital assets such as cryptocurrencies,” the minister said.
The government therefore openly seeks to control the causes to which citizens can donate, and the banks can help. Citizens do not have free rights to their own fiat currency – and it could be argued that this is not just the case for Canada, but for everyone.
In addition to freezing convoy truckers’ accounts, banks are also required to report them to the intelligence service. The accounts of the companies that own the trucks used in the protests could also be frozen, forcing them to fire the truckers.
Crowdfunding sites are now required to register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada to report “large and suspicious donations”.
Nevertheless, even if these measures include cryptography, it is unclear how the government would manage to get their hands on the Bitcoin donations. Unlike fiat currency, Bitcoin allows people to have power and control over their own funds.
It would appear that Tallycoin donations will need to be converted into cash to avoid traditional financial systems. But it sends a clear message: the need to embrace bitcoin and ditch the fiat days.
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At present, it is not so relevant whether or not to support the trucker’s point of view. The government grossly violates civil liberties. It may have started as an anti-vax movement, but the layers built around it have done so much more.
Can Trudeau get away with it? Probably. Truckers’ radicalism is widely hated and many fail to see what is at stake: the freedom of the individual.
- The meaning of words can fade with repetition. The modern extremes are neither left nor right, but fanaticism and hatred. What a great time for populism to thrive.
- Democracy weakens, power and control in the hands of the few grows stronger as we become less curious, less introspective, less willing to dig deeper into modern events.
- Things are changing and many want big changes. But are we starting a rebellion, a revolt or a revolution?