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Canadian Government Froze Bank Accounts of Protesters and Financers

Canadian Government Froze Bank Accounts of Protesters and Financers

Canadian government froze bank accounts of protesters and financers suspected to support the protests. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) deputy commissioner of federal policing Mike Duheme announced.

They have frozen 206 personal bank and corporate accounts. Identified 56 entities associated with protesters, companies, and vehicles. They also shared 253 bitcoin addresses and virtual currency exchangers. RCMP also froze payment processing accounts amounting to $3.8 million.

“We continue to work at collecting relevant information on persons, vehicles, and companies and remain in daily communication with the financial institution to assist them,” Duheme said.

“The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating two police-involved incidents that occurred at the demonstrations in Ottawa yesterday and is urging anyone who has information, including video, to come forward,” Ontario’s SIU said.

Preliminary information indicates around 5:14 p.m. Saturday, “there was an interaction between a Toronto Police Service officer on a horse and a 49-year-old woman on Rideau Street and Mackenzie Avenue. The woman has a reported serious injury,” the SIU said.

Separately, “At approximately 7:18 p.m. Vancouver Police Department officers discharged Anti-Riot Weapon Enfields (less-lethal firearms) at individuals in the area of Sparks Street and Bank Street. No injuries have been reported at this time,” the agency said Sunday. “The SIU asks anyone who may have been struck by a projectile to contact the unit.”

Under the emergencies act, the government can temporarily suspend public assembly and has the power to freeze accounts.

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