‘It’s their revenge’: Lockdown-skeptic Rebel News vows to sue Montreal police after reporters detained at ‘illegal gathering’
Reporters for the right-leaning news outlet Rebel News have posted videos showing employees being detained by police at an Airbnb location where they were working, covering Covid-19 lockdown measures.
In one video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Rebel News reporter David Menzies can be seen having a tense exchange with police officers, which eventually leads to him being hauled away and detained.
Another reporter for the outlet, Keene Bexte, tweeted that he had also been arrested.
Rebel News co-founder Ezra Levant promised he would be suing the officers for their conduct and in another video can be seen taking down one officer’s name.
🚨Montreal police have raided our Airbnb and are arresting and handcuffing our journalists. As I told the cops, we will be getting to know each other very well as we sue them. https://t.co/roDg8jvAa1pic.twitter.com/HB7I9mLlIk— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 10, 2021
According to a statement from the Canadian outlet, police arrived at an Airbnb where Rebel News journalists were staying to cover anti-lockdown protests and Covid-19-related arrests and forced everyone out and conducted a “room to room” search.
“When we asked them what the ‘crime’ was, all they could come up with was that our staying in the hotel was an illegal ‘gathering,’ contrary to Quebec’s lockdown laws,” they said.
The outlet added that they were staying in a “registered, legal hotel rental on Airbnb” and there were fewer guests than the place was built for.Also on rt.com ‘Finish him’: Liberals celebrate with glee as Supreme Court REFUSES to hear Alex Jones’ appeal in Sandy Hook case
Levant claims the outlet’s unflattering reporting on Montreal police and their enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions is what prompted the visit and search of the houseboat being utilized by the reporters.
“This is their revenge,” he said. “Because we report on their misconduct.”
Why are Montreal police targeting us this way? One clue might be their bizarre anti-Semitic comments to us. They call us “Jew Media” and ask if our reporters are “Jews”. https://t.co/8eW41RJRm2— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 10, 2021
Montreal police don’t have their search warrant yet. So they have deemed our Airbnb a crime scene. I’m not sure what they’re searching for — we have obviously uploaded our footage. They’re dragging it out to stop our work. So I shared my thoughts with them directly. pic.twitter.com/BsErpxSJN5— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 10, 2021
Levant is already fundraising to support his lawsuit against the police, alleging the search and arrests were unjustified, and claiming officers have repeatedly harassed Rebel News reporters in recent weeks and made bigoted remarks.
The reaction to the arrests has been mixed at best. While many have expressed shock at the police behavior and allegations from Rebel News on social media, others have simply used the opportunity to blast the highly controversial outlet, which is often dismissed in mainstream media as a “far-right” enterprise pushing misinformation.
Best news today! Throw all of Rebel News fraudsters into jail! 😡 https://t.co/czz0LjWUFe— Daniel (@investguy44) April 10, 2021
Montreal on Saturday saw a mass protest against the strict Covid-19 measures recently imposed by the authorities in Quebec. An 8pm curfew has been reintroduced in the city, while all the non-essential businesses and schools have been told to shut down until at least April 19. According to the independent news outlet Westphalian Times, the organizers of the protest march sought to highlight the “negative impacts restrictions in schools have on the well-being and development of children.”
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