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Montreal/Canadian-Media: An anti-government website 'Tree of Liberty' hosted by Montreal promoting armed protests in the United States ahead of the presidential inauguration was shut down on Jan 13 morning by the company after CBC News revealed its cloud servers were located in Montreal, media reports said.
Boogaloo Movement. Image credit: Wikipedia
The website, Tree of Liberty was claimed to be the "press platform" for the Boogaloo movement which is followed by radical pro-gun advocates who welcome the idea of a second American Civil War, and call it the boogaloo.
The Tree of Liberty website hosted by the Montreal servers of 'On Vous Héberge' (OVH), a multinational cloud computing company headquartered in France,
came online in September after Facebook in the summer took down several thousand accounts and blocked Boogaloo-related search words, saying it supported "violence against civilians, law enforcement, and government officials and institutions."
Boogalooers are among several groups planning to hold demonstrations ahead of the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, when Joe Biden will officially take over the presidency from Donald Trump.
The site is under investigation by OVH, said OVH on Tuesday, and issued a follow-up statement saying that the site had been suspended and "the contract with the client terminated."
"Any company that is hosting this type of content should absolutely take a hard look at what they are allowing to spread," said Alex Friedfeld, a researcher of extremist groups with the New York-based Anti-Defamation League prior to the website going dark.