Freedom convoy leader to face unprecedented four-week criminal trial for peaceful protests.
TORONTO: The Democracy Fund (TDF) is pleased to announce that it will crowdfund the costs of the legal defence for Tamara Lich, the peaceful protester who was a leader of the trucker convoy last year.
Tamara has been charged with several minor, non-violent offences including mischief. Her trial is scheduled to run for four weeks, beginning on September 5th.
Tamara's legal team is being led by Lawrence Greenspon, a senior criminal lawyer in Ottawa.
"Tamara's prosecution shows how a prominent political dissident is treated by our justice system," said Alan Honner, TDF's director of litigation. "Many people see Tamara as a political prisoner as her prosecution has been impassioned, and she has already been imprisoned for 49 days on relatively minor charges. She is now facing a month-long trial, which is prohibitively expensive for the average person."
TDF is crowdfunding Tamara's criminal trial. The Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms continues to provide a legal defence to Tamara Lich and many other truckers who are being sued by Ottawa resident Zexi Li.
"The trucker convoy exposed the government's willingness to invoke extraordinary powers to suppress a nationwide protest that was remarkably peaceful," added Honner. "Tamara has become the face of that protest, so there is a lot at stake in the outcome of her trial."
To assist with Tamara's case, please make a donation on this page. Donations are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.
About The Democracy Fund:
Founded in 2021, The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a Canadian charity dedicated to constitutional rights, advancing education and relieving poverty. TDF promotes constitutional rights through litigation and public education. TDF supports an access to justice initiative for Canadians whose civil liberties have been infringed by government lockdowns and other public policy responses to the pandemic.