‘Freedom Convoy’ leader shared symbol of far-right hate group on TikTok

2022-01-29 7:05:00 PM

Dave Steenburg has called for calm and respect from protesters in other posts.

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In late December, a ' Freedom Convoy ' leader posted to a call-to-action video featuring the logo of a known far-right hate group, one that the Canada Border Services Agency once warned was willing to use violence in service of its aims.

Dave Steenburg has called for calm and respect from protesters in other posts.

If he has to, he will ask troublemakers to leave the protest., north of Toronto.In late December, he posted to a call-to-action video featuring the logo of a known far-right hate group, one that the Canada Border Services Agency once warned was willing to use violence in service of its aims.

Steenburg would not answer further questions about the video, the anti-vaccine content on his channel or if he had connections to the Soldiers of Odin. The press will twist his words, he said, but he welcomed reporters to come to Ottawa to ask him questions “where we can record the conversation.”

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Wow toronto star!!! We see through your Bullshit. New low. Could say the same thing about the BLM logo too. Right wing extremists do not have a seat in the government of Canada! No seat = No say! It's pathetic Canada’s conservative politicians are siding with them. Rightwing NeverVoteConservative NeverVoteppc iStandWithTrudeau IStandWithBiden FluTruxKlan DomesticTerrorists

What is it, your trying to accomplish, if anything! These people always wait til the cover if darkness, then WEAR MASKS to hide themselves as they go about their nefarious dealings. No one should be inciting hate or violence in Canada. ...does this count as inciting hate or violence..? Asking for a friend

yes ONE GUY and of course coming from TorStar, i would doubt that info. look how far back you had to dig. SHAMELESS. Of course.

‘Freedom Rally’ convoy has withdrawn $1 million from once-frozen viral fundraiser: GoFundMeGoFundMe said the organizer of the fundraiser has handed over a distribution plan for covering participants’ fuel costs.

'Freedom convoy' needs to lose extreme rhetoric, says association head as truckers reach Toronto | CBC NewsAs the convoy of trucks opposed to a federal vaccine mandate makes its way through the Toronto area, the president of one trucking organization says the protest's original message has been hijacked by far-right or extreme rhetoric. Extreme rhetoric is anything the CBCNews disagrees with. Horse has already left that barn. Interesting to see the CBC (& by extension the current government) already in the 3rd stage of grief - Bargaining 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance

Some 'freedom convoy' donors are using aliases of well-known CanadiansDespite bearing the names of some of Canada's most recognizable figures, some donations made out to a convoy on its way to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandate s and other pandemic restrictions are not as they appear. For what - 15 minutes of fame? Perhaps they could donate their arms, joining little Liam who received his first dose of COVID19 vaccine today, helping protect his family and community. VaxChamp Why the negative spin? The people are speaking up and it’s great - go with that. And they call the left fake news 🙄

There’s a lot of trucks in Freedom Convoy 2022 — but not nearly the 50,000 they claimA look at the math shows that 50,000 trucks would be so unprecedently massive that it would currently be lined up bumper\u002Dto\u002Dbumper across swaths of Ontario and… nationalpost Maybe a few Hundred but not even a thousand. nationalpost Waste of gas. Adding to pollution nationalpost Mostly pickup trucks.

Ottawa prepares for thousands of vehicles, pedestrians to arrive with truck convoy | CBC NewsOttawa braces for traffic disruptions with truck convoy, protesters set to converge in downtown core; several businesses opting to close for weekend: Ticket everyone who blocks traffic, parks against rules etc…there is a record of their presence. Cool, does that mean they are 'prepared' to arrest them like peaceful land defenders? How can these independent truckers afford this crap? Fuel is expensive and they haven't hauled freight for a week.

In photos: Trucker convoy converges on OttawaOttawa police and businesses prepare for a convoy of protesters demanding an end to vaccine mandate s that began converging on the country’s capital on Saturday, without knowing when the protest will end and with questions about the motives of some involved. if these truckers travel to USA: NEW: All non-U.S. individuals seeking entry into the U.S. via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders must be fully vaccinated for COVID19. Details Rightwards arrow Criminals globepolitics It would be more accurate to call them an anti-vax or anti-federal-government convoy. You don’t have to repeat their framing. Please do better.

Article was updated 15 hrs ago JOIN THE CONVERSATION From the seat of his big rig, protest convoy leader Dave Steenburg regularly takes to TikTok to call for respect and calm.min.Social Sharing Convoy gathered at noon in Vaughan before heading east to Kingston CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 3:04 PM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago Supporters of a truckers' convoy opposed to a federal vaccine mandate cheer outside the Vaughan Mills outlet mall, in Vaughan, Ont.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are among individuals whose names have been used as aliases by donors contributing to the "freedom convoy" that plans to stage a protest on Parliament Hill this weekend.

If he has to, he will ask troublemakers to leave the protest. “If someone gets out of line, please, don’t come,” he said Thursday as elements of the “Freedom Convoy” headed to the Vaughan Mills mall , north of Toronto. The fund, initially set up by Alberta woman Tamara Lich, and raised $30,000 on its first live day, Jan. Steenburg’s TikTok page is also filled with videos promoting conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines, pandemic denialism and videos promoting fictional war-crimes trials for those responsible for vaccine mandates. In late December, he posted to a call-to-action video featuring the logo of a known far-right hate group, one that the Canada Border Services Agency once warned was willing to use violence in service of its aims. The fundraising page says any excess funds will be donated to a veterans’ organization. “Calling all Canadians, it’s time to stand up and fight for our country,” reads the text of the video, over the Viking-head logo of the Soldiers of Odin — a defunct, anti-immigrant group which was involved in violent clashes with anti-racism groups — while a pagan-rock song about Vikings walking into battle plays. That donation isn't currently on the page's list of top donors, and Fisman also confirmed he did not contribute.

“This isn’t about far-right or hate groups,” said Steenburg when contacted by Torstar on Friday afternoon.3 million from more than 80,000 sources. “Lots of people shared that video.” Steenburg would not answer further questions about the video, the anti-vaccine content on his channel or if he had connections to the Soldiers of Odin. On Thursday, a spokesperson for the fund said at least some of the funds — $1 million so far — have been released. The press will twist his words, he said, but he welcomed reporters to come to Ottawa to ask him questions “where we can record the conversation.” Soldiers of Odin, labelled as having violent members in a 2016 Canada Border Services Agency report, has been inactive for a few years and there are no signs it is involved in the convoy, said Evan Balgord, executive director for the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “As part of our verification process, we require full transparency from the organizer about the flow of funds to ensure there’s a clear plan and donors are informed on how the funds will be spent. The company's , as of Dec.

Balgord said the fact that figures such as Steenburg within the convoy’s leadership share that kind of content undercuts the message from convoy supporters that the Ottawa-bound motorcade is not linked to far-right groups or driven by anti-vaccine activists. “That’s the point.. This isn’t a few bad apples,” said Balgord. “Every single group we monitor is involved in leading or participating in this convoy. What is actually lost here are the concerns of the actual truckers. Supporters have greeted the convoy along its way to Ottawa.

” Steenburg is listed as Toronto leader of the convoy on the website of Canada Unity, one of the groups organizing the vaccine-mandate protest movement. In his videos, Steenburg provides updates on where the convoy is, what route it is taking, and the marshalling points along the way. Other videos on his channel claim the novel coronavirus isn’t real and the pandemic is a plot to get people to take vaccines. The convoy is to arrive in Ottawa on Saturday for what Canada Unity calls “operation bear hug.” The group has produced a “memorandum of understanding” calling for the end of all vaccine mandates in Canada or else the convoy won’t stop the protest.ca, a company spokesperson said they are following a standard verification process to ensure the funds are distributed as stated by the organizer.

Balgord said there was an attempt at a similar convoy in 2019 called United We Roll, but it did not attract the support this convoy has, including the more than $7.5 million in donations collected through GoFundMe. When Ottawa announced its mandate that requires truckers coming back into Canada from the United States to be vaccinated to avoid quarantine, drivers had legitimate concerns they tried to voice, Balgord said. “They were saying, ‘We are not doctors or nurses or front-line health care workers’ and they are mostly alone in their trucks. Canadians generally are not mandated to get vaccinated, so they were asking why were they,” Balgord said, noting around 90 per cent of Canadian truckers are vaccinated. The largest donation to date, worth $25,022, also came from an anonymous donor.

“But that has been completely taken over by the COVID conspiracy theory, far-right groups.” The presence of those groups as leaders and supporters of the convoy means the concerns of Canadian truckers have been lost, he said. “The federal government will never be able to address it now because it would appear they are capitulating to these groups.” While the Soldiers of Odin are not active, other newer groups have espoused direct support for the convoy, including the Diagolon network, an anti-government movement that wants to see the creation of a secession state that extends from the Canadian Prairies across the United States into Florida. Members of the Plaid Army, another group monitored by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, posted a YouTube video last week supporting the convoy. Among those listed as top donors is Jodhveer Singh Dhaliwal, the brother-in-law of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who donated $13,000 donation to the convoy.

Several of the men in the video had the Diagolon flag — a black field with a white, diagonal stripe — hanging in the background. One of the participants in the now-deleted video said he hoped the convoy would turn into Canada’s version of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and that it would be bigger than the Oka and FLQ crises, both events that saw people killed. I understand people are frustrated that we're still in this pandemic two years later.

While some of these groups espouse violence, Balgord said the convoy might not devolve into violence. Where the Jan. 6 riots sought to disrupt the certification of the presidential election, Parliament is not in session, the prime minister is not in Ottawa and MPs have been told to stay away. Balgord also stressed that not everyone involved in the convoy shares the ideology of groups like Soldiers of Odin or the Diagolon network. .