Video captured the moment 200 armed riot police officers in Edmonton, Canada entered GraceLife church and broke up services after the congregants removed a fence previously erected by police to prevent Christian worship due to unscientific COVID-19 lockdowns.
“After the Christians tore down the fence that the government had build around the Edmonton church, the police sent in 200 heavily-armed riot police,” wrote Rebel News founder Ezra Levant. “That’s the church building you see there. This is China stuff, Iran stuff. But it’s happening in Canada.”
The church previously made headlines as they refused to cease operations due to the government’s COVID-19 lockdowns, ultimately resulting in the pastor being incarcerated for 35 days.
Ultimately, the pastor was released, and the church continued operating. According to Levant, “The church still wouldn’t close. So police raided it, turned it into an armed garrison & occupied it. And still the Christians come.”
Churches in Canada have apparently become a prime target for law enforcement. Last weekend, during one church’s Easter services, at least one police officer and other law enforcement personnel entered a church run by a Polish immigrant, who forcefully asked them to leave while comparing their behavior to Nazi Germany’s gestapo.
National File reported, “‘Please get out. Get out of this property immediately. Get out. Get out of this property immediately. I don’t want to hear anything, get out of this property immediately. I don’t want to hear anything,’ said Pawlowski, as police attempted to speak to him. ‘Out, out, out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant. OUT, OUT, OUT, OUT! Out of this property! Immediately out!’
Police ultimately defended their decision to interrupt the church’s Easter services, writing that “‘The concern was that the people in attendance were not adhering to the government’s COVID-19 public health orders,’ they admitted. They then referred to the Polish immigrant who is head pastor of the church, Artur Pawlowski, as ‘The organizer of the gathering’ and claimed he was ‘uncooperative with the health inspector, and repeatedly raised his voice asking all parties to leave the premises.'”