Pastor again arrested for ‘organizing an illegal in-person gathering’, ‘inciting people to attend church’

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CALGARY, AB – A Canadian pastor who gained a degree of notoriety after being arrested during Easter weekend in April for allegedly violating COVID-19 limitations on gatherings was arrested once again under similar charges, along with his brother, on May 8th by Calgary Police.

Calgary’s Street Church’s Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested and charged with “organizing an illegal in-person gathering,” according to the Calgary Police Service.

Video that captured the arrest of the two individuals showcased numerous police vehicles lined up on the side of the road as officers were handcuffing the two brothers.

During the video, one onlooker can be heard telling officers enacting the arrests:

“Shame on you guys, this is not Communist China. Don’t you have family and kids? Whatever happened to ‘Canada, God keep our land glorious and free?’”

The arrest of these two brothers came after a May 6th court order obtained by Alberta Health Services that imposed new restrictions pertaining to the likes of general gatherings, which includes even protests and rallies, requiring the of using face coverings, employing physical distancing and attendance limits.

In a statement provided by the Calgary Police in relation to these arrests, it was noted that Pastor Artur Pawlowski was informed of the injunction prior to holding church services, which authorities allege that the arrestees flouted said guidelines:

“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.

“As a result, Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski 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.”

Further along in the statement from Calgary Police, it was acknowledged that locals undoubtedly want to participate in the likes of religious gatherings, but failure to abide by the pre-emptive injunction against illegal public gatherings can result in arrest:

“It is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Breitbart News contributor John Nolte referred to the Calgary Police officers who arrested the Pawlowski brothers as being the modern-day “Gestapo”:

“The Canadian Gestapo were smart this time. Instead of breaking into and swarming Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s church — as they previously did during an Easter weekend service, only to be appropriately shamed and heckled out of the place — this time the Canadian Gestapo waited until after Saturday services to arrest Pawlowski, and did so on a public highway.

“Naturally, the Gestapo treated him like he was Scarface. Multiple officers and at least four police cruisers were involved.”

Nolte went on to further allege that Canada has become an “openly fascist” country, citing a February arrest of another pastor for holding religious services:

“Canada has become so openly fascist, Pawlowski is the second pastor arrested by the Canadian Gestapo. Back in February, the Canadian Gestapo arrested Rev. James Coates of GraceLife Church of Edmonton after he turned himself in. His crime was the same — holding church services in a fascist country.”

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Moving back stateside, several New York businesses reportedly were granted an injunction back in February that pushed back against curfews that were established in light of the pandemic. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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ALBANY, NY- On Saturday, February 27th, a New York State Supreme Court justice granted a preliminary junction allowing 90 bars and restaurants to remain open until their regular closing time of 4 a.m.

According to reports, those 90 bars and restaurants sued New York state over a coronavirus-related 11 p.m. closing curfew. The firm representing the plaintiffs had argued that the curfew was not supported by science. 

Steven Cohen, the attorney from the firm representing the plaintiffs added that his firm has 13 lawsuits already and is welcoming more industries to come on board. 

On Monday, March 1st, Donald Swartz, who owns Veneto Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta in Rochester, NY, told “Fox & Friends” that the 11 p.m. curfew in New York had been removed just in time for 90 bars and restaurants to stay open till 4 a.m. over the weekend.

Swartz also said that the legal effort began with just 10 different restaurants, mostly in the Buffalo area, but grew to nearly 100 different small business owners. He recalled:

“Months ago we were being redlined where the city of Rochester could not serve indoor dining, but you can go over to the suburbs and you can sit down so it was quite difficult to operated under those conditions. The law office went to battle for us and got that removed.”

He said that he is:

“Really hoping that everybody can get back to, as close as we can, to full dining and we can get our employees, get our staff back to work. That’s really what we want to do.”

He added:

“Let us do what we do best, get back to work, provide a service, provide jobs and provide some taxes back to the state, which has to got to be much needed at this point.”

In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo increased the state’s curfew by an extra hour saying that starting Sunday, February 14th, bars and restaurants were allowed to remain open until 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. 

Reportedly, this decision was made due to the continuing decline of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates in the state.  The decision to grant the preliminary injunction was done so by Justice Timothy Walker and the decision took effect immediately.

However, Walker’s ruling only applies to the bars and restaurants participating in the lawsuit. All other bars and restaurants in the state can only stay open until 11 p.m. 

In the beginning of February, Cohen and his firm sued Cuomo, calling for a judge to make the state comply with its December request for access to state data on the transmission of the coronavirus.

At the time, Cohen said the firm wanted proof that the state’s coronavirus restrictions were justified by scientific data. Cuomo’s office responded by saying it was withholding comment until it could review the lawsuit and asserted that any claim of the administration engaging in “deception or obfuscation” was “simply incorrect.”

Reacting to the development, a Cuomo spokesman told Fox News:

“We are reviewing the decision and are considering all options.”

During his appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Swartz noted it has almost been a year since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and said:

“It’s been a cat and mouse game from the beginning. Just getting information out of the state of what we can, what we can’t do.”

He added that he hopes that following the recent development in his case that more changes are now implemented for the entire state.

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