Last Updated on June 28, 2022
Tamara Lich, the co-organizer of Canada’s Freedom Convoy, has been re-arrested after a short stint out of jail. The Freedom Convoy organizer was released earlier this year after being held without bail for two weeks.
After being granted bail on March 7th, Lich was arrested in her hometown of Alberta on Monday for criticizing the government, which broke one of the conditions given to her upon release.
“Tamara Lich’s lawyer, Keith Wilson, told Rebel News that the police informed her they are keeping her for 6 days, until she can be transported to Ontario,” Rebel News reports.
Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, expressed outrage over the news. “This is disgusting. Tamara Lich is a political prisoner and the Liberal regime is persecuting her like all authoritarian regimes do with dissidents. We will continue to support this courageous woman,” Bernier commented on Twitter.
This is disgusting. Tamara Lich is a political prisoner and the Liberal regime is persecuting her like all authoritarian regimes do with dissidents. We will continue to support this courageous woman.https://t.co/7jAXMD5Qaa
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) June 28, 2022
Lich faced 18 days in jail after she was arrested in Ottawa on February 17th because of allegedly violating Criminal Code section 464. Lich was charged with counselled mischief, which is defined as the obstruction, interruption, and interference with the use and enjoyment of property.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom’s John Carpay said there “is no rational basis to justify the imposition of” Lich’s bail conditions:
“Her bail conditions include not protesting, not using social media, and not having anyone post on her behalf. These conditions obviously violate her Charter freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Ms. Lich has no criminal record. She has consistently and repeatedly urged protesters to be peaceful and respectful. She poses no risk to public safety. There is no rational basis to justify the imposition of these severe restrictions on her right, as a Canadian citizen, to exercise her Charter freedoms.”
The 49-year-old Lich was an important figure that helped organize the trucker’s convoy which occupied downtown Ottawa for weeks in protest of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vaccine mandates.
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