Peterborough was overrun by QAnon protesters over the weekend and mayor Diane Therrien was explicit in her response.
“People have been asking me to comment on the events of the past weekend in #ptbo,” tweeted Therrien, whose personal Twitter bio reads “over being polite.”
It began when self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada” and Canadian QAnon figure Romana Didulo made her way to the Peterborough police station along with 30 other demonstrators over the weekend. For months, Didulo has called out for the arrest and killing of individuals involved in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Didulo broadcasted to her 70,000 Telegram followers to meet at the station to detain Peterborough Police Service officers in their station and wait for the military to arrive to arrest them.
Videos published by Twitter user Caryma Sa’d show Didulo handing out vegetables and sardines to her fellow protesters.
“Who amongst you are prepared to keep your city safe, peaceful and secure after you’ve peacefully arrested Peterborough Ontario Police?” Didulo asked her followers.
Her effort to lead the pack was unsuccessful, however, after attempting to storm the station and demanding their arrest.
In a police statement released on Saturday, it was said that the officers were “blocked” by protestors as they tried to enter a secured entrance.
“The officers attempted to take a protester into custody when officers were surrounded,” the police statement said. “A protestor then struck two officers.”
The incident resulted in Peterborough police arresting a 54-year-old man from Millbrook and charging him with mischief and resisting arrest, as well as a 56-year-old man being charged with two counts of assaulting police.
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A 31-year-old individual was later arrested on Sunday for kicking the rear door of the police station and “striking” an officer while doing so.
Earlier in May, Peterborough protests made the headlines for an incident involving NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Singh was verbally harassed at a campaign event he attended in support ofJen Deck, an NDP candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha.
Singh faced a crowd of protesters yelling obscenities at him.
Social media videos showed a crowd of protesters yelling obscenities at him. They can be heard saying “You’re a traitor” and “You’re a piece of shit,” while others tell him to go “f*ck himself” as he was leaving Deck’s storefront space to a waiting SUV.