Pastor Arthur Pawlowski of the Street Church in Alberta, Canada was arrested this week for holding church service that allegedly violated public health orders.
Pawlowski was arrested with his brother Dawid. Both have been charged with organizing an “illegal in-person gathering,” in addition to “requesting, inciting or inviting others,” according to a Calgary Police statement. “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,” the statement said.
Pawlowski previously went viral after officers attempted to interrupt a Passover celebration at the church. The video shows Pawlowski yelling at the officers until they leave that church. Pawlowski said to The Daily Caller that he notices parallels between the current lockdown orders and his upbringing under Poland’s Iron Curtain. “I grew up in Poland under the boot of the Soviets, behind the Iron Curtain,” Pawlowski said. “What I see right now, I see everything escalating and moving to the new level. They’re acting just like the Communists were acting when I was growing up when the pastors and the priests were arrested, and some were murdered. Many were tortured.”
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