Tamara Lich, an organizer of the Freedom Convoy, was denied bail Tuesday. Lich was arrested and charged on Thursday with counseling to commit mischief.
According to CBC, Lich is the woman behind the GoFundMe campaign that raised over $10 million to support the protests in Ottawa before it was shut down. The judge on Tuesday said she did not think Lich would go home and stay home and stop her alleged counseling.
Justice Jule Bourgeois said, “This community has already been impacted enough by some of the criminal activity and blockades you took part in and even led. You had plenty of opportunity to remove yourself and even others from criminal activity but obstinately chose not to and persistently counseled others not to either.”
She continued, “In Canada, every citizen can certainly disagree with and protest against government decisions but it needs to be done in a democratic fashion in abidance with the laws that have been established democratically.”
Bourgeois called Lich “almost obstructive” during her initial court appearance on Saturday. If convicted, Lich could face a long prison sentence. Lich is scheduled to return to court on March 2md, but will be seeking an appeal on the decision to deny her bail in the meantime.
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