Although he destroyed his car, broke his ankle on an icy Ottawa sidewalk and had his bank accounts frozen for seven days, one of the Freedom Convoy organizers said it all had was a resounding success.
In an interview with True North this week, Benjamin Dichter said the three-week protest has pressured our political leaders to end COVID mandates.
“We moved the needle 100%,” Dichter said. “People are now starting to see how far our politicians have come off the cliff…some people are starting to wake up.”
Dichter – who hobbles on crutches until the end of April – said he considered himself a “regular guy with a truck” and the whole experience was a “blast”.
He said it was a credit to the cause that despite the obstacles thrown before them by the banks and the Liberal government, the Freedom Convoy managed to raise $10.1 million through the fundraising platform. GoFundMe funds – until funds are frozen by TD bank.
He said GiveSendGo – the Christian alternative to GoFundMe – then contacted the convoy and through them they managed to raise $9 million from one player and another $500,000 from smaller players.
Dichter is from Toronto and once ran for the Federal Conservatives in the riding of Toronto-Danforth, but what isn’t well known is that he bought a truck during the pandemic and drove it to win his life. His job was to go back and forth to the border to deliver paper products, without having to show his vaccination cards or a QR code.
He said what really upset him was the application of QR codes and the digital COVID passport — things he said he feared would become the basis for “a whole state of supervision”.
“It was going to lead to massive following beyond what is normally done,” he said.
Dichter said he thought the Freedom Convoy made people realize how fake the media was. According to him, their dishonesty was the reason why only certain independent media were invited to their press conferences in Ottawa.
“If we invited them (the old media), they would insult us,” he said. “Why (would we) waste our time submitting to their BS?”
Dichter laughed when I told him about the talks and conferences journalists now hold to complain about “mean tweets” and the hatred some say they have felt from truckers.
He also said he thought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau behaved predictably initially – first hiding and then portraying the truckers as neo-Nazis.
As for Trudeau’s implementation of the Emergencies Act – Dichter even says he was surprised by that one. He said he now realizes that even extremists “always double down,” and he believes Trudeau’s longtime friend and adviser Gerald Butts was behind it all.
Dichter said it was when the convoy’s GiveSendGo fundraiser was hacked and donors started seeing their names on social media and having their bank accounts frozen that people really got scared.
He said his own personal and business accounts had been frozen for seven days – a situation he discovered when he tried to pay for an Uber Eats order one evening. His entire banking history had been erased, he said, only to be restored when the Emergency Measures Act was repealed on February 23.
Dichter said he survived with the help of a friend for seven days.
“There’s nothing quite like being targeted by your own government for alleged money laundering,” he said. “Canada has become worse than a Third World banana republic.
Even now, Dichter says he worries he’s been flagged by big banks — adding that’s a good reason to sue Bitcoin.
He insisted that the convoy was just the beginning of his efforts to educate Canadians about what is happening in our country. For now, however, he must wait to recover from his ankle surgery in February, after he broke his femur and tibia slipping on an Ottawa sidewalk.
He admitted he was not a good patient.
He’s so tenacious, in fact, that he said he hauled himself up Parliament Hill in the snow 24 hours after getting his ankle fixed.
“I was trying to make sure these people didn’t get into the mindset of being anxious,” he said, referring to government and mainstream media efforts to demonize and disperse the movement.
“I told them not to let them divide them.”