Trudeau Puts The Squeeze On Freedom Convoy Protesters

Canadian police have started sending the names of “Freedom Convoy” protesters to banks in a bid to crack down and put an end to the protests.

The Canadian Bankers Association confirmed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began sending out lists of protesters’ names to banks. Banks are unsure about what to do with the information and are working to get clarification as to how to proceed with protesters’ accounts. At this time, banking institutions are required to freeze accounts and report them to the RCMP or Canada’s intelligence service.

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland said that accounts have already been frozen.

“It is happening – I do have the numbers in front of me,” Freeland said without disclosing the actual number.

The action comes following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoking the never-before-used “Emergencies Act,” through which he ordered all banks and other Canadian financial systems to freeze the accounts of any client who participated in the protest.

In addition, Freeland said Monday the government would be extended their “terrorist financing” rules to cover crowdfunding platforms that are raising money for the Freedom Convoy.

“We are broadening the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover crowd funding platforms and the payment service providers they use. These changes cover all forms of transactions … the illegal blockades have highlighted the fact that crowdfunding platforms and some of the payment service providers they use are not fully captured under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financial Act.”

Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, is troubled about the emergency orders regarding the financial system, according to the report.

“If somebody else does agree with it and wants to bring coffee to the protesters, are they now indirectly involved? And you can turn their information over to the financial institutions who will turn their information over the security services, services, freeze, their assets?” he said. “There is nothing that I’ve seen so far on my understanding of the orders that limits it. They are very broad in scope.”

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