The organizers of the Edmonton torch rally claimed that the focus was on the lockdown and "persecution of Christian pastors" who refused to abide by bylaws 1/17

However they also had other targets. They attacked the "globalists", health professionals, science, the left in general and "antifa specifically", among others.

They also went after the media. 2/17
Journalist @BaileyNitti posted a clip of her collegues being harassed by Brad Carrigan, one of the organizers as well as Dawid Pawlowski whose bother Artur was the other organizer. 3/17

In fact there is a great deal of footage in which participants specifically targeted the media. 4/17
Some of the encounters were as equally nonsensical and they were threatening. 5/17
The media was especially targeted after Dawid's arrest at a time when tensions were very high and the situation potentially explosive. 6/17
Now I don't think that the media shouldn't be subject to criticism. I also think that a lot of media is sensationalized and sometimes partisan.

Still, a democracy dies in darkness and the fourth estate is an absolute necessity. 7/17
What happens then when there are forces that aim to discredit the media when they can't control the message? 8/17

The whole "fake news" schtick didn't originate with Trump though he did weaponize the rhetoric more than any politician in my lifetime. The press has been a target for years by those, primarily in the right, who claim the media is biased against them specifically. 9/17
But the demonizing and discrediting journalism has even darker history in the last 100 years. 10/17…

And if you can get those who support you to reject information that doesn't conform to their biases, then it is easier to control those people. 12/17
Case in point, a post about the rally by Wayne Peters who runs "What's Up Canada" on Facebook. Note the comments by his supporters. 13/17
And when these groups have come to believe that the free press is the "enemy of the people"... 15/17

...then it shouldn't be a surprise that the rhetoric becomes more extreme. 16/17
And the threats towards these, and other "enemies" as demonstrated here by Wayne Peters becomes dangerous. 17/17

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23 Feb
Yesterday I posted a run down of what took place on Saturday during the anti-lockdown rally in Edmonton organized by Artur Pawlowski. The part that I thought was the most significant were the clips of Artur's brother, Dawid, being taken into custody. 1/18

They provided a number of excuses. Dawid was arrested for helping a wheelchair user. He was defending "patriots". He was just walking away and he was jumped for no reason at all.

We can now add, "arrested for free speech to the list". 2/18
Artur has continued to insist that it was "antifa" who were to blame. Initially I thought at least he might have present when Dawid was arrested so even if his explanation is self-serving that he would at least have seen how it started.

That doesn't seem to be the case. 3/18
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I spent most of the day yesterday documenting the extremist rally at the Edmonton Leg which was followed by a Charlottesville-like tiki torch march. I thought I would do a very short update. 1/

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Yeah, this seems normal. 3/ Image
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The far-right Edmonton anti-mask rally is going to begin in about an hour so I thought I would do what I can to update people as to what is happening. First, this is the kind of disinformation they are sharing (from a post on Dawid oFB profile). 1/
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I'm sure y'all are shocked by this revelation. 1/10

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I include a few clips, the first one noting the problem with deciding to tie your march with associated imagery to a racist rally in which a woman was murdered. 3/10
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Yesterday @EdmontonAgainst tweeted a clip of a @CalgaryPolice officer interacting in what appears to have been a deferential manner towards Brad Carrigan. 1/16

Carrigan is one of the individuals planning a rally at the Edmonton Leg on February 20 along with Calgary street preacher Artur Pawlowski. The imagery on the promotional material includes a torch march from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville (August 2017) 2/16
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