Gym Owner Details Constant Harassment by Canadian COVID Police State — 16 Visits, No Fines (Updated)

By Nicholas West

It’s a difficult time to be an entrepreneur with a physical location that can be held hostage by the ever-changing COVID restrictions and requirements. It’s even more difficult when you can be harassed physically, as an increasing number of people are getting visits from police as the COVID crackdown ramps up even further in Canada.

Well-known Canadian martial arts academy, Tristar Gym, based in Montreal, has long been a pillar of the worldwide professional MMA community. Its owner, Firas Zahabi, has been the trainer of champions, including most famously UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. Nevertheless, according to Zahabi, his decades of notoriety don’t seem to be helping as a confluence of events has resulted in his business and employees enduring constant harassment.

In the video below, Firas discusses how he believes that these visits could ultimately be stemming from a disgruntled neighbor. While that has not yet been legally substantiated to my knowledge, it is being done within the trappings of the COVID police checkups that are also becoming far more routine across Canada. Neighbors are being encouraged to report neighbors in this “new normal”, which only exacerbates personal altercations like this one.

Firas details the COVID restrictions he has to deal with even without the troublesome neighbor, the inconsistent application of rules, and how the police are showing extreme force during these frequent visits. Lastly, Firas concludes with his disappointment of being a Lebanese immigrant whose parents arrived in Canada seeking freedom. Now, decades later, this law-abiding citizen, training the youth in the ways of health and self-sufficiency, is being treated like a criminal. He’s now considering leaving Canada due to the ongoing oppression.

Note 4/19 — the video has been made private now for unknown reasons. I will try to find an alternate or update with an explanation.

Update 4/22 — Coach Zahabi explains in the first 16 minutes of the video below about how his original video went viral and why he ultimately took it down. He also reinforces the fact that Canadians are being encouraged to snitch on each other and how altercations like this one are only more likely when a snitch culture takes over. Lastly, he received yet another visit from the police and he comments on a new initiative he is launching to preserve businesses like his, as well as encourage fitness and personal responsibility as real solutions to any perceived threat.

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Whether or not Tristar Gym’s problems will be resolved, the situation in Canada continues to trend strongly toward the totalitarian. Today, in fact, there is a new report out of Ontario that police have been given even more power, giving them the authority to stop vehicles and ask questions about travel.

A new police state has been established just north of the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  The Province of Ontario is home to over 38% of the population of Canada and is 55% bigger in area than the State of Texas, and it is now acting like a nightmarish police state.

CTV News reports:

The Ontario government is giving police temporary powers to enforce its stay-at-home order and allowing them to stop individuals and vehicles and ask their reasons for leaving their homes.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones made the announcement Friday afternoon as part of the new measures introduced by Premier Doug Ford’s government to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

“We have made the deliberate decision to temporarily enhance police officers’ authority for the duration of the stay-at-home order. Moving forward, police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in a place of residence to first provide the purpose for not being at home and provide their home address,” Jones said.

“Police will also have the authority to stop a vehicle to inquire about an individual’s reason for leaving their residence.”

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Every level of society is enduring this type of harassment – as we’ve previously highlighted, even faith-based organizations are not allowed separation from the State. A Canadian church was barricaded and turned into a de facto militarized camp over claims of rules violations.

Increasingly, the only response will have to be this one:

And in an encouraging plot twist – one day after the new restrictions around Toronto, an anti-lockdown protest moved forward and it’s being reported that police did not arrest any of the protesters.

 

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