According to a report by LifeSite News, a Catholic online news service, the Winnipeg City Police have set up a COVID snitch line where neighbours and family can turn in people for supposedly breaking the city’s COVID lockdown rules. Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba, a province located in central Canada.
LifeSite News reports:
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, November 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Police in a central Canadian city are actively encouraging their citizens to make use of COVID-19 “snitch lines” to call out large private gatherings, and promise they will “intervene” as needed to fine those found violating the law. […]
Allison Pejovic, a Winnipeg-based lawyer and a member of the Manitoba bar for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), told LifeSiteNews that the Winnipeg Police snitching policy is a “dangerous road” which could lead to a society where “regular people are treated like criminals.” […]
“When neighbors start reporting each other for exercising their Charter protected rights to assemble, associate, travel, and worship, it creates a society where regular people are treated like criminals.”
In addition, Pejovic told LifeSite News, that snitch lines are “more akin to a ‘Communist Society,” and said they contribute to a breakdown in society as they erode “trust between friends” and divides people into opposing factions.
In his article on the Daily Wire entitled, “Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State,” Dennis Prager spoke of four dangerous trends emerging out of the COVID lockdowns. His fourth was the use of snitches.
How do the police dispatchers learn of lawbreakers such as families playing softball in a public park, lone joggers without face masks, etc.? From their fellow citizens snitching on them.
The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, set up a “snitch line,” whereby New Yorkers were told to send authorities photos of fellow New Yorkers violating any of the quarantine laws. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti similarly encouraged snitching, unabashedly using the term.
It is said that about 1 in every 100 East German citizens were informers for the Stasi, the East German secret police, as superbly portrayed in the film “The Lives of Others.” It would be interesting, and, I think, important, to know what percentage of New Yorkers informed on their fellow citizens. Now, again, you may think such a comparison is not morally valid, that de Blasio’s call to New Yorkers to serve a Stasi-like role was morally justified given the coronavirus pandemic. But you cannot deny it is Stasi-like or that, other than identifying spies during World War II, this is unprecedented in American history at anywhere near this level. […]
On the CNN website this weekend, in one of the most frightening and fanatical articles in an era of fanaticism, Bill Weir, CNN chief climate correspondent, wrote an open letter to his newborn son. In it, he wrote of his idealized future for America: “completely new forms of power, food, construction, transportation, economics and politics.”
While we are the topic of Canada, this article has a similar theme. READ: Canadian military wants to establish new organization to use propaganda, other techniques to influence Canadians