Canadian Trucker Protest Highlights Power of Crypto and Freedom of Expression
• In 2022, the Canadian Trucker Protest highlighted the importance of freedom of speech in Western Democracies.
• Organizations like GoFundMe attempted to restrict the funds being raised for the protestors, but Bitcoin allowed them to avoid these restrictions.
• The Iranian government has recently frozen the bank accounts of women who don’t wear hijabs, and one protester has already been executed by hanging.
The year 2022 started off with a bang, especially in Canada. The Canadian Trucker Protest brought to light the importance of freedom of speech in modern Western Democracies. Organizations like GoFundMe attempted to restrict the funds being raised to support the protestors, but Bitcoin allowed them to skirt these restrictions. This was a wakeup call for many, showing how powerful decentralized money can be in the face of oppressive regimes.
The issue of freedom of expression has continued to be a hot topic in the news since then, with the Iranian government recently freezing the bank accounts of women who refuse to wear hijabs, traditional Muslim head covering, in public. This comes after the threat of imprisonment and execution in order to quell ongoing protests for the freedom of expression in the country. As of December 8, 2022, one protester had already been executed by hanging by the Iranian government.
The events of this year have been a stark reminder that the power of the people is greater than that of any government. Bitcoin and other decentralized currencies have allowed those facing oppressive regimes to protect their money and freedom. This has been a wakeup call for many, showing the power of cryptocurrency and how it can be used to protect individuals from powerful governments.
The importance of freedom of expression and decentralized money is clear. The message is clear: no one is going to save you, not even the most powerful governments. Cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology behind it can provide a level of protection in the face of oppressive regimes, and it is up to us to make sure that these freedoms are upheld.