Canadian government hits out at Pastor Pawlowski, now jailed without bail for his speech at trucker protest

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Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski has been arrested for the fifth time since COVID restrictions began in the province of Alberta in March 2020. The arrest was another dramatic arrest by police, this time outside the family’s home Pawlowski in Calgary.

On February 8, Pawlowski, who grew up in communist Poland, was arrested following a February 3 speech he made at the Coutts border crossing in southern Alberta, where truckers formed a blockade as part of the national “freedom convoy” calling for the Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau will drop all COVID-related restrictions that undermine the civil liberties of Canadians.

Following the arrest, the pastor’s son, Nathanial Pawlowski, and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, posted a video on YouTube explaining that Pawlowski had traveled to the Montana-Alberta border to “deliver a sermon, the Lord’s Supper, and pray with them. [the truckers].”

“He just wanted to do his job as a pastor and give them hope,” Nathanial Pawlowski said.

See Pastor Pawlowski’s speech below:

Today, Pastor Pawlowski remains in solitary confinement at the Calgary remand center, reportedly held in ‘quarantine’ in squalid conditions. He faces charges of mischief over $5,000, disrupting critical infrastructure operations and breaching his condition not to keep the peace. “All of these charges relate to his speech at the Coutts lodge during the trucker blockade,” his son Nathanial said.

On February 16, Rebel News reporter Adam Soos tweeted an update from the Calgary Remand Center, saying that access to the facility is now restricted.

Last week, Lethbridge Judge Erin Olsen denied Pawlowski bail and, in a separate hearing last Wednesday, refused to release him on the grounds that he “would not follow the orders of the court”. Thus, Pawlowski remains incarcerated without bond until his next hearing on March 11.

Pawlowski would be the first person to face a criminal charge under the Critical Infrastructure Defense Act; This law was passed in June 2020 in response to protesters who expressed frustration over a pipeline dispute and implemented blockades that wreaked havoc on Canada’s rail system.

Pawlowski’s attorneys, Sarah Miller and Chad Haggerty, are appealing Olsen’s decision and fighting daily for Pawlowski’s release.

Rebel News’ Sheila Gunn Reid reported on Wednesday’s virtual hearing, where Judge Olsen made her bail decision. Reid reported that Pawlowski wore blue and black prison jumpsuits and carried a Bible, documenting the hearing via a series of tweets:

Pawlowski is the pastor of Cave of Adullam Church and founder and pastor of Street Church. He has been arrested more than a dozen times for offenses such as feeding the homeless and fulfilling his basic duties as a loving pastor who cares for and shepherds his people.

For opening his church and ignoring state-mandated masking requirements, Pawlowski spent weeks in jail. Disturbing videos of his arrests for defying Alberta public health orders have gone viral, and his refusal to kneel before the tyrannical dictates of the Canadian government has earned him respect and notoriety among freedom lovers. of the whole world.

In solidarity with the pastor, hundreds of supporters continue to gather outside the Calgary Remand Centre.

Pawlowski’s son, Nathaniel Pawlowski, told Rebel News that “he [Pawlowski] embarrassed them [public health authorities] worldwide. He uncovered their corruption and people are waking up. He has a powerful voice. They are afraid of this voice, so they want to keep him in prison as a punishment.

Artur’s brother, Dawid Pawlowski, who was arrested several times alongside his brother, was also interviewed. “It’s very difficult because he’s not a criminal,” Dawid said. “They’re cooking up all these accusations like I remember when I was young [living] under the iron curtain… He’s not a criminal, he’s a pastor, he’s a father, he’s a brother, a member of the family. To see him being tortured inside like that — it’s not fair; it can’t happen.

Dawid then described Artur’s arrest and imprisonment. “For the first few days he was treated horribly,” he said. “He was placed in a cage which he described as a kennel…. He was fighting for air. He was tortured like this for hours. They didn’t give him any water. He had no water for two days. There is no running water in the cell. They say they are quarantining him for two weeks, but the cell, he says, is disgusting.

A Pawlowski supporter whom Rebel News spoke to said, “My wife and I don’t go to church. We are not religious but we are certainly in favor of freedom, and we feel like our rights have been taken away from us. Our connection with Pastor Pawlowski [at a rally] this day was that of a gentleman, kind, generous. We just felt like we were included among a lot of other people, but he wanted us to feel included. And that’s why we came here today…. He loves people. He’s not a criminal.”

Arthur’s wife, Marzena Pawlowski, commenting on the continued persecution the family has endured, said, “Of course we are not insensitive. Somehow we’re stronger every time [Artur is arrested], but it is not easy for us…. It’s sickening, it’s sickening.

“So that I stand here and know that my husband is behind these walls, and they told me they moved him to the other side, but other inmates are telling him what is happening. [outside] … of course, it gives him strength. That he is treated this way shows the level of corruption. This is unacceptable and obviously they are afraid of our message, whatever it is. But it is a free country.

She concluded: “I am speechless…. We have friends here who say the orders come from the chief of police to do this to my husband. The irony is that they created this. We have chosen the smallest and most dangerous park, where we can do our work, preach to them [the people], show them love. By jostling us and taking our rights, they created this…. We really just want to serve God and then it escalates and escalates.

“My father will grow in his notoriety,” exclaimed Nathanial Pawlowski. “He’ll never back down. They might as well lock him up and throw the keys or shoot him because he’ll never back down and he’s told the Calgary police that will only fuel the flame and expose what it’s really about. It’s not a matter of security. He was put in a filthy cell which he described as disgusting, as if it hadn’t been cleaned in ten years. It’s quarantine, right? It’s exposing what it’s really about, it’s about control. It’s about bowing to the government. It’s about tyranny. It doesn’t matter. to do with health or the law.

The Pawlowskis have mobilized to organize several calls to action in support of Pastor Art. People who want to participate in prayer and peaceful protest can go to freepastorart.com. Rebel News has also been dedicated to documenting Pawlowski’s arrests and his work with the poor and other community members. The outlet has worked tirelessly to raise funds through crowdfunding site SaveArtur.com to help Pawlowski pay his exorbitant legal bills as tyranny rages around him and the government uses him as an example for Canadian citizens of the consequences of refusing to follow state orders.