The protesting truckers in Canada have hit another speed bump in receiving financial fuel.
Toronto-Dominion Bank announced Saturday it had frozen two personal bank accounts intended to support the Freedom Convoy protesters. The two accounts had a combined total of $1.4 million in Canadian currency, or $1.1 million USD, a bank spokesperson told Reuters.
TD applied to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Friday to take the funds so they can either be sent to the intended recipients or returned to the donors “who have requested refunds but whose entitlement to a refund cannot be determined by TD,” the bank said in a statement.
Keith Wilson, a lawyer for the protesting convoy, told the outlet that TD Bank has been put “on notice that their actions are improper and disappointing.” He also said the convoy will seek a court order next week to release the donations to a new not-for-profit corporation set up to manage and distribute them.
Ontario officials previously froze donations on Thursday to the Freedom Convoy through the fundraising platform GiveSendGo. The Freedom Convoy had been relying on money raised through the platform since it was kicked off GoFundMe, which claimed that the truckers violated its policies on Feb. 4.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a court order on Friday to end the truckers’ blockade of the Windsor Ambassador Bridge, a vital trade route with the United States that connects to Detroit. Supporters of the protesting truckers have vowed to keep bringing supplies to truckers who have been stationed near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of “severe consequences” against the Freedom Convoy and its supporters in Ottawa on Friday should they choose not to stand down. He threatened to suspend commercial trucking licenses and said the government would pursue charges that could come with jail time and hefty fines. The punishments would also prohibit protesters from ever traveling internationally again.
TD Bank has not yet responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.