Artur Pawlowski is charged with “inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering” aka church.
The Calgary Police Service arrested pastor Artur Pawlowski, the head of Calgary’s Street Church, and his brother Dawid after they did not allow authorities to interrupt Sunday’s service.
The authorities charged “with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, including requesting, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering, promoting and attending an illegal public gathering.”
I just got off the phone with one of Artur Pawlowski’s lawyers. It has been six hours and police are refusing to allow Artur to talk to his lawyers (or his son). This isn’t an arrest. It’s a rendition — a police state kidnapping. https://t.co/bMwAj1iNfP pic.twitter.com/RZ913cQns3
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) May 9, 2021
The way the police swarm around them you’d think the Pawloski brothers committed heinous crimes. You would think they bombed an elementary school.
The police swarmed the brothers with their heavy-duty cars. Then the heavily-armed SWAT team came down on the brothers and dragged them away.
Artur told Rebel News about the awful treatment in jail. He also did not know that his legal team has been trying to reach him. Rebel News updated that the legal team has reached Artur. Totally not a coincidence, right?
From Rebel News:
Since that moment, he’s been treated brutally — thrown painfully into a police car; then forced to sit on a concrete slab, in a jail cell where the lights are never turned off. He is separated from his brother, who was arrested too, but he has no privacy — curious police come to gawk at him like he’s a circus animal.
But incredibly, Pastor Artur hasn’t lost hope — in fact, he’s more resolved than ever.
Our reporter Adam Soos managed to speak with him for five minutes. Here’s the full recording of that call:
As you can hear, Pastor Artur wasn’t aware of the massive wave of support for him around the world — obviously police wouldn’t tell him that. And he was also unaware that his three-person legal team has been trying relentlessly to speak with him — but that police refused to put their phone calls through to him.
The latest order imposes restrictions on attendance, mandates masks, and requires social distancing:
Calgary Police Service said officers served an organizer of the church service with the court order “in an effort to ensure that citizens attending the Saturday service were abiding by the current COVID-19 public health orders.”
“The order was served prior to the church service, and CPS did not enter the church during the service,” the police agency said. “The service organizer acknowledged the injunction, but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees, and continued with the event.”
Artur made headlines in April when police tried to shut down the Easter service. He yelled at the police to leave and “come back with a warrant.”
“Get out of this property, Nazis,” Artur yelled. “Gestapo is not allowed here.”
Normally, invoking Nazis and the Gestapo makes me cringe. But Artur and his family grew up in Poland behind the Iron Curtain. Soviet Russia was not the Nazis, but man. Pretty damn close. Josef Stalin’s regime killed over 20 million people.
Artur “equated increased government control in Canada over religious gathering to what he experienced living under the Soviets.”DONATE
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