Prosecutor says Artur Pawlowski ‘lit a match’ during speech at Coutts border blockade

Self-proclaimed freedom fighter Artur Pawlowski was back in the Lethbridge court house earlier today. Pawlowski is being charged with inciting mischief, counseling interference with critical infrastructure, and failing to keep the peace when he spoke at the Coutts border blockade last winter. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Steven Johnston, the crown prosecutor, cited a video of Pawlowski at the Smugglers Saloon in Coutts, saying he went to the small border village and lit a match for supporters of the blockade. The crown’s case also said Pawlowski told supporters to hold their ground.

It was decided that on February 17th they would make a final date for the verdict on Pawlowski’s case. Pawlowski was not a happy camper outside of the court house.

“Well again. It’s prolonging. It’s like never ending story. Another weeks, another month, another year. Like I’m three years now. As you remember, I was the first Canadian to receive the COVID ticket. That was three years ago. I am enduring a nonstop harassment, intimidation and attack by tyrannical government for three years now. This trial should never happen. That’s the first thing. Like here, Artur Pawlowski the pastor is not on trial. Canada is on trial. Freedom of expression is on trial. Freedom of religion is on trial. You are on trial. Because if I’m convicted, if this crown prosecutor will have his way, that means you’re next.”

Pawlowski said he felt disrespected by the crown prosecutor who kept mispronouncing his last name, calling him Pa-loo-ski. The two had a heated exchange before the second half of the trial today.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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