Bitcoin has surged 4.7% in the last 24 hours, hitting an intraday high of $44,207 in the early hours on Tuesday, as the overall market recovered nearly $90 billion over the past 24 hours.
As data from CoinGecko shows, the leading cryptocurrency is now up 14% over the last two weeks, helping the broader market recovery.
Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, has posted 8.2% gains over the day, trading hands at $3,104 at press time.
Other major coins are on the rise as well.
Binane Coin (BNB) has spiked 8.5% over the last day to the current value of $428, while SOL, the native token of the Solana blockchain, surged 11.4% to climb up to $103.
The latest price action has brought the overall market cap back above $2 trillion, last tested on Thursday, February 10.
Crypto rebounds amid Canada news
The market is rebounding on the back of the controversial news of Canada’s government decision to invoke the 1988 Emergency Act—the state’s attempt to cut funding to truck drivers, called the “Freedom Convoy,” protesting against local COVID-19 restrictions.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, addressed the nation on Monday, saying that the move would allow the government to take a variety of steps, including freezing bank accounts of protesters.
“We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” said Trudeau, pointing to “serious challenges to law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce the law.”
These measures enable the Canadian government to expand money laundering and antiterrorism powers to control the online crowdfunding platforms that have helped finance the protests.
This is about following the money. This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades. We are today serving notice: if your truck is being used in these protests, your corporate accounts will be frozen. pic.twitter.com/AJ73zdDMy5
Credit card processors and fund-raising companies will be required to report any Freedom Convoy-related campaigns to FINTRAC, Canada’s anti-money laundering agency.
“These changes cover all forms of transactions, including digital assets such as cryptocurrencies,” said Freeland. “The illegal blockades have highlighted the fact that crowdfunding platforms and some of the payment service providers they use are not fully captured under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.”
The police will also be authorized to exchange information with banks about protesters, and their personal and business accounts may be frozen. Insurance companies will be required to revoke insurance on any vehicles used in blockades, added Freeland.
Including cryptocurrencies in these events also shines a light on the technology’s prime value add: Censorship-resistance.
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