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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200 Children Seeking Asylum in the U.K. Are Missing
The missing include at least 13 children under the age of 16.
Children Missing From Hotels
There are 200 asylum-seeking children missing from government care in the United Kingdom according to the parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Home Office.
When children are seeking asylum in the U.K. alone or separated from their parents, the government puts them up in hotel rooms for temporary accommodation. They have done so since 2021 and have temporarily accommodated 4,600 children in that time. However, Simon Murray, the parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Home Office, said that 200 of the children placed in those hotels are missing, including at least 13 who are under the age of 16.
In response to this information, a collection of more than 100 charities sent a letter to the Prime Minister demanding the end of the procedure of placing kids in hotels over safety concerns. The letter says that these children are at risk of trafficking and exploitation by staying in these hotels alone.
Other officials have echoed these concerns, claiming these hotels are targets for organized crime where people use these vulnerable children for labor or trafficking.
Parliament Calls Incident “Horrific”
Murray told the House of Lords on Monday that despite the media reports, his department does not know of any kidnapping cases, though they are investigating. He went on to say there are many reasons why children go missing.
However, lawmakers were not appeased by Murray’s assurances. In a later debate, one member of Parliament called the missing cases “horrific” and another said that it was “putting children at risk.” The children’s commissioner for England also reportedly chimed in asking for, quote “assurances on the steps being taken to safeguard the children.”
Murray went on to say that the use of hotels for asylum-seeking children will hopefully be phased out as soon as possible but did not give a timeline.
The nonprofit Refugee Council called on the government in a tweet to spare no expense in the location of these missing kids.
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100,000 U.K. Nurses Launch Biggest Strike in NHS History
Opposition leader Keir Starmer called the strike “a badge of shame on this government.”
The NHS Grinds to a Halt
Some 100,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the United Kingdom’s largest nursing union, launched a historic 12-hour strike Thursday after the government refused to negotiate on higher pay.
The work stoppage, which spans England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is only the second in the RCN’s 106-year history and the largest the NHS has ever seen. It marks the breaking point for many underpaid nurses and the culmination of a years-long decline in the NHS’s quality of care, put under increasing stress by severe staffing shortages.
Although most NHS staff in England and Wales received a pay rise of around £1,400 this year, worth about 4% on average for nurses, they say it has not kept up with inflation as Britain plunges deeper into a cost-of-living crisis.
When inflation is accounted for, nurses’ pay dropped 1.2% every year from 2010 to 2017, according to the Health Foundation.
Meanwhile, the number of patients waiting for care has reached a record 7.2 million in England, or over one in eight residents, more than double what it was seven years ago.
In July, the cross-party Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee estimated the staffing shortfall could be as high as 50,000 nurses and 12,000 doctors, what one MP called the “greatest workforce crisis in history.”
Many nurses argue that boosting pay will help hospitals recruit more staff.
The RCN demanded a pay raise 5% above the retail rate of inflation, which amounts to a 19% increase, but both Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the government’s health secretary have claimed that’s not affordable.
During Thursday’s strike, partial staffing continued to remain open for urgent care such as chemotherapy, kidney dialysis, and children’s accident and neonatal units.
Sunak and Starmer Brawl in Parliament
Labor leader Keir Starmer grilled Sunak during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on the upcoming strike.
“Tomorrow will be the first-ever nationwide nurse’s strike,” he said. “All the Prime Minister has to do to stop that is to open the door and discuss pay with them. If he did, the whole country would breathe a sigh of relief. Why won’t he?”
“We have consistently spoken to all the unions involved in all the pay disputes that there are,” Sunak replied. “Last year, when everyone else in the public sector had a public sector pay freeze, the nurses received a three-percent pay rise.”
Starmer fired back: “Nurses going on strike is a badge of shame for this government. Instead of showing leadership, he’s playing games with people’s health.”
Sunak called Starmer’s demand that he reopen negotiations with the RCN “just simply a political formula for avoiding taking a position on this issue.”
“If he thinks the strikes are wrong, he should say so,” Sunak said. “If he thinks it’s right that pay demands of nineteen percent are met, then he should say so. What’s weak, Mr. Speaker, is he’s not strong enough to stand up to the union.”
While Starmer has called on Sunak to negotiate with the RCN, he has not explicitly backed the 19% pay raise himself.
Unless the government returns to the bargaining table, the RCN plans to launch a second round of strikes on Dec. 20 to be followed by ambulance strikes that Wednesday and the next.
If the government still refuses to budge, the union said in a statement that nurses will strike for longer periods in more places starting in January, disrupting more health services.
Other industries are also set to see work stoppages this month, including workers on railways, buses, highways, and borders, as well as teachers, postal workers, baggage handlers, and paramedics.
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Fortnite Developer Sued By Parents for Making the Game as “Addictive as Possible”
One child mentioned in the lawsuit played over 7,700 rounds of Fortnite in two years.
Epic Games Sued
A Quebec City judge recently approved a 2019 class-action lawsuit accusing Fortnite developer Epic Games of deliberately making Fortnite addictive.
The parents who brought forward the lawsuit claim their children have become so obsessed with the game that in some cases, they’ve stopped eating, showering, or socializing. The lawsuit claims that these kids have played thousands of games since Fortnite’s release in 2017. In one example, a teenager played over 7,700 games in less than two years.
If the lawsuit succeeds, players addicted to Fortnite living in Quebec since September 2017 could receive compensation. The plaintiff’s attorney, Philippe Caron, reports that over 200 parents outside the lawsuit have reached out to him, saying their child’s well-being has diminished since downloading Fortnite. He told The Washington Post that they are very confident about their case.
Epic Games Responds
“We plan to fight this in court,” Natalie Munoz, a spokesperson for Epic Games said to The Post, “We believe the evidence will show that this case is meritless.”
Munoz also said that Fortnite does allow parents to supervise their child’s playtime and require permission for purchases.
The parents involved in the lawsuit are claiming that they were not aware of the dangers playing Fortnite could pose for their children.
“If she had been informed by the defendants of the risks and dangers associated with the use of FORTNITE,” the lawsuit says of one guardian. “She would have categorically refused to allow the game to be downloaded.”