Mayor of Ottawa proposes to use Optimus Prime’s GoFundMe money to pay police


Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson asked staff to find out if the city could use some of the money raised in the crowdsourcing campaign to support a “free convoy” to cover the cost of cracking down on protests. He said he asked for it.

“It shouldn’t be up to Ottawa taxpayers to pay the price of the kind of turmoil we’re facing right now,” he told CTV News on January 31st.

As of the morning of January 31, the Freedom Convoy 2022 GoFundMe campaign was over $ 9 million and had a large number of single donations over $ 10,000.

Successful acquisition of some of these funds “may be a long way off,” Watson said.

Ottawa police estimate The cost of cracking down on protests exceeded $ 800,000 a day, and the service requested police assistance outside the town as a backup.

Watson urges truck drivers and protesters to pack their bags and tells them that they have “made their claim.”

“Like me, the people are completely fed up. I want to see them go tomorrow. I think they should have gone yesterday.”

The convoy initially began as a protest against the requirement that all US-Canada cross-border truck drivers be vaccinated with COVID-19. By the time the convoy left the west coast for Ottawa on January 23, it had expanded to demand the end of all pandemic restrictions.

The Epoch Times contacted GoFundMe to see if there was an inquiry from the city of Ottawa, but did not receive a reply before the release.

The organizer of the convoy was also contacted, but there was no response by the time of issuance.

At a press conference on January 30, organizer Benjamin Dichter said the federal government “did everything it could to ignore this issue,” and the convoy organizers had a good relationship with police. Said that he built. He also said that it is important for people to be able to choose for themselves whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and it is important to lift the obligation.

He added that the truck wasn’t about to leave, but rather was there “for a long time.”

According to Dichter, some trucks are intended for autonomous driving with a variety of equipment, “you can sit for weeks or months.”

Ottawa police statement On January 30, it was working with the organizers to promote a “safe departure” for protesters.

As of the morning of January 31, Ottawa police had not reported arrests related to the protest, Said Via Twitter on January 30, “How many in connection with the blasphemy of the National War Memorial / Terry Fox statue, threats / illegal / threatening acts against police / city workers and other individuals, and damage to city vehicles. The criminal investigation is underway. “

Blasphemy refers to a protester climbing onto a war monument and flagging the statue of Terry Fox with the Canadian flag.

Noe Chartier

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NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.