Calgary pastor accused of organizing and promoting gatherings to appear in court

A court date has been set for a Calgary pastor accused of violating public health orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Artur Pawlowski, 48, was released from custody Monday night and is due in court May 17

A rally against mandatory masking and other public health measures in Calgary, pictured on the left, that was organized by Artur Pawlowski, right. (Helen Pike/Artur, Pawlowski/Facebook)

A court date has been set for a Calgary pastor accused of violating public health orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Calgary police released Artur Pawlowski from custody Monday evening.

He was arrested Saturday and charged for organizing an illegal in-person gathering, and promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

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Artur and Dawid Pawlowski were arrested May 8 after flouting public health restrictions for months by holding large church gatherings indoors, without masks, in Calgary despite the pandemic. (Video: Artur Pawlowski TV/YouTube)

The 48-year-old pastor's arrest followed a court order that allowed Alberta Health Services and police to take legal action against organizers of advertised illegal gatherings breaching COVID-19 public health orders.

The agency says there is an urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans as COVID-19 cases increase in the province.

Pawlowski is to appear in court on May 17.

Rallies and protests against lockdowns, masks and other COVID-19 regulations have been occurring regularly in Alberta.

Also Saturday, police ticketed protesters leaving a rally against public health restrictions outside a central Alberta cafe after the establishment was closed by health officials earlier in the week.

Hundreds of people also gathered the weekend before near Bowden, also in central Alberta, for a pre-advertised maskless "No More Lockdowns"' protest rodeo.


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