Hundreds gather at Edmonton Remand Centre to protest arrest of pastor who broke COVID-19 rules
Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Edmonton Remand Centre on Saturday afternoon, protesting the arrest of pastor James Coates.
The GraceLife Church pastor was arrested for breaking COVID-19 rules and was initially set to be released on bail Wednesday. However, Coates was kept in custody after he appeared before a judge and confirmed he would not abide by the conditions of his release from a previous arrest.
The church and its pastor have repeatedly violated public health restrictions put in place to reduce transmission of COVID-19. The public health rules include a 15 per cent capacity and physical distancing measures.
Coates was fined in December, Alberta Health Services ordered the church to close in January and then Coates was arrested and charged in early February for…