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RCMP officers handcuffed and hauled away Whistle Stop Cafe owner Chris Scott and the end of a day that saw 1,500 of his supporters protesting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Scott was led through his parking lot to an RCMP vehicle where he was handcuffed and searched before being driven away.

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RCMP arrest Chris Scott

It marked the end of a day that saw people turn out from across the province to protest restrictions that this week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s booze and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

On Thursday, the Alberta Health Services went to court and obtained an injection that made Scott’s protest illegal. It also gave the police powers to arrest organizers and protesters immediately.

On Saturday, a few tickets were handed out, but overall the crowd remained respectful. The protest wrapped up about 5 p.m.

But the RCMP seemed ready for major unrest.

Reports from nearby Forestburg say armoured police cars and approximately 6 empty buses were standing by, presumably to transport arrested protestors.

Wildrose leadership candidate Paul Hinman spoke at the protest, alongside Scott, Dr. Roger Hodkinson, and others.

The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Jason Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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