“QAnon Queen of Canada” Tries to Arrest Entire Police Department With 30 Followers
Observers fear Romana Didulo’s following will continue escalating toward violence.
You’re Under Arrest. No, You’re Under Arrest!!
A group of around 30 people attempted to conduct “citizen’s arrests” on the entire Peterborough police department in Ontario on Saturday.
They were brought there and directed to do so by Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “QAnon Queen of Canada,” whom they believe to be the country’s true leader in an underground war against a supposed global cabal of Satan-worshipping, pedophilic cannibals that control the world.
Didulo and her followers had been planning the event for weeks, posting about it on her Telegram, and even creating a website.
Using her supposed royal authority as justification, the group wanted to arrest the police for what they called “the COVID crime,” or the enforcement of pandemic safety restrictions like mask mandates and business closures.
“Who amongst you are prepared and ready to keep your city safe, peaceful, and secure after you’ve peacefully arrested Peterborough Ontario Police?” Didulo asked days before on Telegram.
On Saturday afternoon, while Didulo remained in her RV, the group marched from Confederation Park to the Water Street police station, but upon arriving they discovered the front door was locked. Attempts to bang on the door and use the intercom failed, so members of the group shouted at the cops through a megaphone and called 911 to ask them to come outside.
The group wandered around the property in search of another entrance for several hours, and at one point Didulo handed out vegetables and sardines on paper plates, as well as previously opened water bottles.
Eventually, members of the group found a restricted area where police vehicles are stored, at which point several officers arrived for their shift.
Some of the conspiracy theorists tried to detain the officers, who in turn arrested them instead.
Videos posted to social media show two men resisting arrest while a woman screams. One of the men is eventually seen being dragged along the ground and into the police station.
Later, the department announced that two men had been arrested and charged for assaulting police, resisting arrest, and mischief.
On Sunday, a third man was charged for assaulting an officer.
Who’s the Real Queen, Anyway?
Almost two years ago, Didulo declared herself the queen, commander in chief, and head of government in Canada.
She falsely claimed that the real Queen Elizabeth II had been executed.
According to her videos, Didulo was personally appointed by Donald Trump, as well as the U.S. military, the people she says seized the assets of the Vatican, and the “fake” royal family in the U.K.
She has also claimed to be an alien-adjacent being who is willing to share advanced medical technology with her followers.
Her Telegram counts over 60,000 followers, many of them coming from the QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
A major component of her ideology is a militant opposition to vaccines, with her having called them a “crime against humanity” and declaring Canada a “vaccine-free nation.”
In the summer of 2021, she organized her followers into groups that distributed hundreds of “cease and desist” letters to businesses, government offices, and police ordering them to halt all measures combatting the pandemic.
In November, she instructed her Telegram followers to shoot to kill anyone trying to inject children under the age of 19 with coronavirus vaccines. A few days later, she changed the wording from “shoot to kill” to “arrest.”
Shortly afterward, she said she was detained by Canadian authorities for the post and sent to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
This summer, she issued a series of “decrees” declaring that water bills are illegal, electricity is free, and rent prices have reverted to rates from 1955. Some of her followers took the decrees seriously, then complained that their utilities had been shut off after they stopped paying their bills.
The confrontation with Peterborough police was her latest directive in a campaign that many fear will escalate toward violence.
The same day, she claimed on Telegram that “4 XR-0001 CRISPR-genetically modified supersoldiers are being pulled from cold storage and will be deployed within the hour.”
“Formed by crossing the Y-DNA of white rappers and Philippinos, We have created the strongest race known to man,” she said.
Currently, she continues a months-long tour of Canada in a fleet of RVs paid for by some of her most devoted followers.
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95-Year-Old Woman Dies After Police Tases Her in Nursing Home
The officer involved was suspended with pay and charged with assault.
A 95-year-old Australian woman whom police tasered in a nursing home last week has reportedly died from her injuries.
Clare Nowland, who had dementia and required a walking frame to stand up and move, was living at the Yallambee Lodge in Cooma in southeastern Australia.
At about 4:15 a.m. on May 17, police and paramedics responded to a report of a woman standing outside her room with a steak knife.
They encountered Nowland, then reportedly tried to negotiate with her for several minutes, but she didn’t drop the knife.
The five-foot-two, 95-pound woman walked toward the two officers “at a slow pace,” police said at a news conference, so one of them tasered her.
She fell to the floor and reportedly suffered a fractured skull and a severe brain bleed, causing her to be hospitalized in critical condition.
Nowland passed away in a hospital surrounded by her family, the New South Wales police confirmed in a statement today.
After a week-long investigation, the police force also said that the senior constable involved would appear in court next week to face charges of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault.
NSW police procedure states that tasers should not be used against elderly or disabled people absent exceptional circumstances.
Following the incident, community members, activists, and disability rights advocates expressed bewilderment and anger at what they called an unnecessary use of force, and some are now questioning why law enforcement took so long to prosecute the officer involved.
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U.K. Police Face Backlash After Arresting Anti-Monarchy Protesters
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that some of the arrests “raise questions” and “investigations are ongoing.”
The Public Order Act
A controversial protest crackdown law in the U.K. is facing criticism after dozens of anti-monarchy protesters were arrested during the coronation ceremony in London over the weekend.
The law, dubbed the “Public Order Act” was passed roughly a week ahead of the coronation for King Charles III. It gives police more power to restrict protesters and limits the tactics protesters can use in public spaces. It was condemned by human rights groups upon its passing, and is facing a new round of heat after 52 people were arrested over coronation protests on Saturday.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said protesters were arrested for public order offenses, breach of the peace and conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. The group said it gave advance warning that its “tolerance for any disruption, whether through protest or otherwise, will be low and that we would deal robustly with anyone intent on undermining the celebration.”
It is currently unclear how many of those arrested were detained specifically for violating the Public Order Act, however, some of those arrested believe the new law was used against them.
“Make no mistake. There is no longer a right to peaceful protest in the UK,” Graham Smith, the CEO of anti-monarchy group Republic tweeted after getting arrested. “I have been told many times the monarch is there to defend our freedoms. Now our freedoms are under attack in his name.”
An Attempt to “Diminish” Protests
During a BBC Radio interview, Smith also said he believes the dozens of arrests were premeditated.
“There was nothing that we did do that could possibly justify even being detained and arrested and held,” Smith claimed.
“The whole thing was a deliberate attempt to disrupt and diminish our protest.”
Yasmine Ahmed, the U.K. Director of Human Rights Watch, also tweeted that the arrests were “disgraceful.”
“These are scenes you’d expect to see in Russia not the UK,” she wrote.
When asked about the controversy, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told reporters officers should do “what they think is best” in an apparent show of support for the Metropolitan Police.
For his part, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he is looking into the matter.
“Some of the arrests made by police as part of the Coronation event raise questions and whilst investigations are ongoing, I’ve sought urgent clarity from Met leaders on the action taken,” Khan tweeted.
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Foreign Nationals Make Mad Dash out of Sudan as Conflict Rages
The conflict’s death toll has surpassed 420, with nearly 4,000 people wounded.
As the 10-day-long power struggle between rival generals tore Sudan apart, foreign governments with citizens in the country scrambled to evacuate them over the weekend.
On Sunday, U.S. special forces landed in the capital Khartoum and carried out nearly 100 American diplomats along with their families and some foreign nationals on helicopters.
An estimated 16,000 Americans, however, remain in the country and U.S. officials said in a statement that a broader evacuation mission would be too dangerous.
Christopher Maier, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity warfare, said in a statement that the Pentagon may assist U.S. citizens find safe routes out of Sudan.
“[The Defense Department] is at present considering actions that may include use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to be able to observe routes and detect threats,” he said.
Germany and France also reportedly pulled around 700 people out of the country.
More countries followed with similar efforts, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia.
Yesterday, a convoy carrying some 700 United Nations, NGO, and embassy staff drove to Port Sudan, a popular extraction point now that the airport in Khartoum has closed due to fighting.
Reports of gunmen prowling the capital streets and robbing people trying to escape, as well as looters breaking into abandoned homes and shops, have persuaded most residents to stay indoors.
Heavy gunfire, airstrikes, and artillery shelling have terrorized the city despite several proposed ceasefires.
Over the weekend, the reported death toll topped 420, with nearly 4,000 people injured, though both numbers are likely to be undercounted.