Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been arrested again, and in a completely unexpected and unprecedented move, he’s the first person in the province’s history to be charged under the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act for his involvement with the Freedom Convoy at the Coutts/ Montana border.
Pawlowski became infamous after he chased away police who barged into his church wanting to enforce mask mandates, shouting at them:
“Out! Out! Out of this property…Nazis are not welcome here. Out. And don’t come back without a warrant. Do not come back without a warrant, you understand that? You are not welcome here. Nazis are not welcome here. Gestapo is not welcome here. Do not come back, you Nazi psychopaths!
Unbelievable sick, evil people! Intimidating people in a church during the Passover. You Gestapo Nazi communist fascists! Don’t you dare coming back here!”
Since then he’s been arrested three more times, usually for continuing to have church services in defiance of the provinces crushing pandemic policies, for feeding the homeless, or for speaking at peaceful pro-freedom events. In fact, at one point a judge ordered that every time he spoke against the Covid mandates, he had to give a disclaimer that Covid jabs “save lives”, or else he’d be sent back to prison.
Now, he has been arrested for the fifth time on Saturday, with police alleging that he was abetting the trucker blockade that has taken the country by storm by going down there and speaking for an hour, encouraging protesters to stand their ground and continue doing the Lord’s work, and then leaving. The Critical Infrastructure Defence Act says that you don’t have to cause any damage to be guilty, just encouraging people to violate the act is sufficient reason to be charged.
He is locked up in isolation (because he is unvaccinated) at the Remand Center in Calgary, awaiting a bail hearing scheduled in a few days.