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Fans of Fr. Canadian a pastor who spent the last week in a Calgary high-security prison after talking to members Convoy of Freedom protests against his treatment were held at various Canadian embassies in the United States on Tuesday.
Pastor Artur Pavlovsky, who remains in solitary confinement 23 hours a day at the Calgary Investigation Center, according to his lawyer, was arrested last Monday after talking to participants in the blockade of truckers along the U.S.-Canada border in Coots, Alberta, on Feb. 4. .
Within 20 minutes speech to the trucks the pastor urged them to “keep the line” against abuse of power without resorting to violence. They had as reported reached an agreement to abandon the blockade of the American border and go to Edmonton until they change their minds after Pavlovsky’s appeal.
Pavlowski also told them about the parallels he sees between the Freedom Convoy and the Polish Solidarity movement in the 1980s, which eventually led to the liberation of his homeland, despite repression by the communist government.
“We do not fight with guns and swords”
Pavlovsky’s latest arrest was his fifth since the pandemic. He did first international headlines last April when he threw armed policemen out of his shelter as they tried to check him out COVID-19 observance during the Easter service.
After he continued to hold church services in defiance of a court ruling, he faced repeated dramatic arrests, including in the middle of a busy highway and on asphalt from Calgary Airport.
Last summer, he toured the United States, meeting with lawmakers and warning large audiences that Western governments are increasingly reminiscent of the communist regime in Poland he escaped as a young man.
According to Pavlovsky’s son, Nathaniel Pavlovsky, Pavlovsky was preparing to return to the border to serve a church service and talk to truckers last week when police detained him.
“We believe there was a secret police van in our house, unmarked cars that we believe are many, many hours because they have been on the street for a long time,” he told Fox News Digital.
Pavlovsky was ultimately charged with one count of damaging more than $ 5,000, one with aiding in blocking critical infrastructure and one with violating the terms of a “peacekeeping” bail due to probation. which he was placed in September after he was arrested on a US tour.
Pavlovsky remains in jail after he was denied bail during a hearing last Wednesday, when the crown prosecutor claimed the pastor’s speech to truckers was an “open threat of violence.” CBC.
Pavlovsky twice directly told the truckers not to resort to violence during their protests video from his remarks.
“May God help us all, because we do not fight with guns and swords,” he said. “We are not fighting with tasers and police cars. We are not fighting. We just want to go back and work hard, achieve something and provide for our families. We just want to be left alone. “
“Again, I’m not talking about violence, swords and weapons and all that,” he later told truckers. “You have the most powerful wings. Who can move 1,000 trucks? Who can move 10,000 trucks out of 100,000 fans?”
On Wednesday, Pavlovsky will have a regular hearing on bail.
“We are at a turning point in history”
Nathaniel Pavlovsky said his father was badly treated in prison, but that he did not restrain himself and held two fasts based on biblical tradition.
“He finished a three-day fast on the story of Esther, where she fasted to expose the enemy,” he said. And now it is a 21-day “Danilov fast”, which is mostly light food, without meat. He eats vegetables to get an answer from God. ”
Peaceful prayer protests against Pavlovsky’s imprisonment are underway planned Tuesday at Canadian embassies in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas.
Cindy Chafian, who is the executive director of Firebrand Action and Media, which organizes the demonstrations, said she was still unsure which turnout at the embassies would be received in a short time, but that initiative remains important.
“No matter what happens, we will still make our way because I don’t think they will release Arthur,” she said. “But the goal is to raise awareness of what’s going on with Arthur. It’s not just what happens after COVID. They’ve been targeting him for many, many years. He’s not a friendly person in the eyes of the government, so that he is telling the truth, and they don’t like it. “
The organization is also preparing signatures to send a letter to Congress regarding Pavlovsky’s treatment.
Chafyan said the goals of the initiative go beyond Pavlovsky and are aimed at raising international awareness of how other clergy were treated in Canada after the pandemic. Churches across Canada have clashed imprisoned pastorsenclosed spaces, steep fines and constant interference by government officials.
In June, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., called on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) consider adding Canada to its special watch list because of how pastors are treated in the country.
“We are at a key point in history, and if we don’t stop this, we will just go down a deeper hill,” Chafian said. “And if we don’t think he’s coming here to the United States, we’re so wrong.”