Coutts Blockade: One of the accused had prepared to die

Coutts Blockade: One of the accused had prepared to die
Coutts Blockade: One of the accused had prepared to die

REGINA — Anthony Olienick arranged for his death before heading to the COVID protest blockade in Coutts, Alta., preparing for a noble, bloody and apocalyptic last stand against a satanic system of government, court heard Wednesday.

“If I die, feed my cat and take my guns,” Mr. Olienick told a friend in a text message sent to the jury at his trial in King’s Bench.

Mr. Carbert and Anthony Olienick are on trial for conspiracy to commit murder during the blockade, which halted traffic for two weeks at the busy Canada-U.S. border crossing at Coutts in 2022.

The group was protesting COVID-19 restrictions and vaccination mandates.

After police made arrests and seized weapons near the blockade, the remaining protesters left Coutts peacefully.

Further weapons, ammunition and two pipe bombs were later found at Anthony Olienick’s home, the court heard.

A “different plan”

The court heard that Olienick was ill in the days leading up to the February blockade, possibly with COVID-19, but was clearly determined to take part.

“I am not worried about any legal issues because we will win this fight and we will not be pursued by a system that we will uproot,” Olienick wrote in another text message.

“If they win this battle against us now, it will turn into a dark future, which is fine with me because I am prepared for the worst case scenario. I am not going to be pursued by a satanic system like this,” he added.

“(I have) a different plan.”

Anthony Olienick texted that he wasn’t worried if he was arrested or killed.

“It is for the greater good. I hope the civil war does not start, at least until I return home,” he wrote to a relative.

“Unfortunately, some people will be affected, but violence will be necessary when we see police shooting innocent peaceful protesters.”

Police targeted

Earlier this week, the court heard text messages from Chris Carbert warning his mother about the war and telling her he was ready to die.

“The sooner you realize what’s going on, the sooner you’ll understand why I have to do what I have to do,” the young man wrote.

Carbert and Olienick are also charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Olienick faces an additional charge of possession of a pipe bomb.

In addition to the seized weapons, the Crown also presented eyewitness accounts from undercover officers to try to prove its case.

The officers, posing as participants in the blockade, told the court that Olienick believed the RCMP were tools of “evil” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and that he deserved to be hanged. The officers testified that Olienick said if officers tried to break up the blockade, he would “slit their throats.”

In a police interrogation video shown to the jury, Anthony Olienick denied targeting police but said he feared an invasion by United Nations troops or Chinese communists.

He and others referred to themselves as “shepherd dogs” protecting “the flock” from tyrannical invaders.

In the video, Anthony Olienick is later seen crying in an empty room after police tell him the blockade had been lifted following his arrest.

“I’m sorry, my God,” Olienick said tearfully to the four empty walls.

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