Now the banks have joined the war on free speech
Perhaps the most infamous and egregious example of this kind of financial deplatforming came during the Canadian truckers' protest in February 2022. The truckers were protesting against Justin Trudeau's vaccine mandates and lockdown restrictions. First, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe withheld millions of dollars of donations that had been raised on their behalf. Then, Trudeau himself used emergency powers to allow the government to cut off the truckers' funding. Canadian banks duly froze $7.8million in around 200 accounts linked to the protesters. Big Tech, big banks and the government worked together to financially cripple a nascent protest movement.