Canadian Pastor Arrested again Just before He Was Set to Preach at Freedom Convoy Protest
A Canadian pastor has been arrested again just before he was set to speak to a group of Canadian truckers who have been protesting vaccine mandates at the U.S.-Canada border.
According to The Christian Post, Pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adallum Church and Street Church in Calgary, Alberta, was arrested earlier this week at his home. He was headed to a church service at the trucker protests at the border.
Pawlowski has been a vocal opponent of worship restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been arrested multiple times for holding church services in violation of restrictions and for protesting outside the home of Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping.
As with his previous arrests, Pawlowski refused to walk with police officers. The officers said that he refused to “just stand up” and instead went “dead fish,” so they had to carry him to a police car.
“I do not cooperate with Nazis,” he said.
Ezra Levant of Rebel News said he talked to Pawlowski’s son, who told him that the police had been surveilling the family home.
“This is not the Canada that you thought that you were in,” he said.
“This was clearly an attempt to stop him from expressing himself politically to these truckers,” Levant added.
In a phone call from jail, Pawlowski said Calgary Chief of Police Mark Neufeld was a “disgrace to the uniform.” He also called Alberta Premier Jason Kenney a hypocrite.
The pastor’s arrest comes after many truck drivers have come to Ottawa to protest vaccine requirements in a protest that is being called the “Freedom Convoy.” Trucks have begun protesting all along the U.S.-Canada border, sometimes blocking crossings or interrupting traffic.
The Freedom Convoy had also made headlines recently when GoFundMe removed a fundraiser for the group from its website, citing “unlawful activity.” As Christian Headlines reported, the Christian crowdfunding site, GiveSendGo, has since launched a fundraiser for the group, raising about $8 million.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.