The owner of St Brigid's Church in Ottawa, which had been occupied last summer by the group "The United People of Canada", argued that certain objects were missing and that repairs must be made to the building, said reported CTV News.
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Patrick McDonald thus declared that items had been moved or damaged inside the church during the presence of the group which would be affiliated with the “convoy of freedom”.
“Because of the previous occupants, a lot of work had to be redone to restore the place,” he told a local radio microphone. “We work in areas such as the Kildare Hall and then upstairs which is the main part of the church. It will take another two months, probably, before we can get it back to working order.”
According to him, the chapel's lighting system was dismantled and makeshift sleeping spaces were installed in the building.
“It was tables and chairs, glasses, my sound system, all of that was taken away by some of the characters that were there,” Mr. McDonald added during his interview.
The church had been sold under conditions to the group “The United People of Canada” (TUPOC) last June, but several members of the community were concerned about possible links with the convoy which had paralyzed the federal capital in February 2022.
Several scenes had since taken place at this church, including guards posted at the gates with water pistols and the leader of the group, William Komer, who appeared with a paper crown and a scepter.
TUPOC was eventually evicted from the premises in September and denies the owner's claims about the missing items.