Chris Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 at his cafe in Mirror on Saturday. The Whistle Stop was shut down by AHS for not complying with COVID-19 rules. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Chris Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 at his cafe in Mirror on Saturday. The Whistle Stop was shut down by AHS for not complying with COVID-19 rules. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Central Alberta café owner and COVID-19 protester released from custody

Chris Scott was arrested at protest rally outside his cafe on Saturday

The owner of a central Alberta café, who was arrested at an anti-lockdown protest on Saturday, has been released from custody, according to his Facebook page.

“Chris is out” was posted on the Whistle Stop Cafe’s Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Scott was arrested by RCMP on Saturday. A video posted on café’s Facebook page shows RCMP officers putting Scott in handcuffs before putting him in the back of a police vehicle.

Despite pouring rain and a pre-emptive court injunction, hundreds gathered outside the Mirror café, for the “Save Alberta Campout Protest.”

Scott was among the speakers who addressed the crowd. RCMP officers stood to the side as Scott took to the stage and rallied the crowd to join him in what he called “peaceful” civil disobedience.

Officers wearing body cameras said they were maintaining order and educating gatherers who weren’t wearing a mask on COVID-19 regulations.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of people gathered near Bowden, for a pre-advertised maskless “No More Lockdowns’” protest rodeo. Ty and Gail Northcott were later charged under the Public Health Act and are due in Red Deer provincial court on Monday.



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