Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski arrested after peaceful protest
A Canadian pastor who had gone viral for forcefully criticising the country’s coronavirus worship restrictions has been arrested again, this time for protesting outside the home of a government official.
Artur Pawlowski, the pastor of Street Church and the Cave of Adullam in Calgary, Alberta, who made videos documenting his multiple contentious exchanges with local law enforcement officials in the last year that went viral, was arrested Saturday along with his brother Dawid after protesting outside the home of Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping.
The arrest was conducted in a manner similar to the arrest of the two brothers in May, which took place on the middle of a busy street. As Pawlowski knelt on the road and refused to walk on his own, police officers carried him away.
Video of the arrest, shared on Pawlowski’s YouTube channel, shows police officers arresting the pastor after pulling him over on a busy highway. Pawlowski referred to one of the officers as a “Gestapo Nazi,” echoing his previous criticism of the government’s enforcement of coronavirus worship restrictions.
Once again, Pawlowski refused to walk as officers led him away in handcuffs, leading to them carrying him away as they did during his previous arrest.
In the moments leading up to the arrest, Pawlowski, a Polish immigrant to Canada, referred to his adopted country as “Chinada,” seeking to compare the actions of government officials to those taken by the Chinese Communist Party.