Canadian pastor arrested for holding church service
Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who kicked police out of his church after they tried to shut down a worship service during Holy Week, and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, have been arrested for holding an “illegal” in-person gathering as per COVID-19 limits set by a new court order.
Referring to the Pawlowskis of Street Church in Calgary, Alberta, Calgary Police Service said in a statement that its officers “lawfully enforced” the court order by arresting the two men after church.
A video posted on YouTube shows that Calgary Police Service sent at least five police vehicles to arrest the two from on the street. The brothers knelt on the road and refused to walk on their own during the arrest.
In its statement, Calgary Police Service said it “proactively” served “an organiser of a church service with the court order to ensure that citizens attending the Saturday service were abiding by the current COVID-19 public health orders.”
“This order imposes new restrictions on organisers of protests and demonstrations requiring compliance with public health orders including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits,” it said.
The Pawlowski brothers “have both been arrested and 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,” it added.