Police investigating anonymous video

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Police are investigating an ominous video directed at two Aylmer residents associated with anti-restrictions rallies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six-minute 37-second video entitled “Plague Pastor & Plague Princess,” was posted to YouTube from an account called “We Are One, We Are All” on Tuesday, Dec. 8. No names are associated with the account and no one has claimed responsibility for it.

A person wearing black clothing and a fluorescent mask concealing their face criticizes the actions of Aylmer Church of God Pastor Henry Hildebrandt and “freedom rally” organizer Kimberly Neudorf.

“You both have terrorized Aylmer and countless other communities without moral repercussions for the very last time,” said the individual. The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times.

Mr. Hildebrandt and Ms. Neudorf have been associated with multiple “freedom rallies,” across Ontario and are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act.

Both have been speakers at these events that describe COVID-19 precautions as fear tactics used by all levels of government to oppress Canadians.

Someone administering the anonymous account replied to The Aylmer Express through Facebook Messenger, saying they represent a group of citizens in the Aylmer area, rather than one individual, and that they do not intend to break any laws.

When asked why they wanted to remain anonymous, despite the people they criticize acting in public view, the group said: “Our anonymity denies the ability for those ruffians to focus their usual tactics upon any one individual.”

The video was intended to give those groups “fair warning that their behaviours will no longer be tolerated and that their choices have consequences.”

Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat said the video does not direct any specific threats to any individual and are considered to be veiled threats.

“As a precautionary measure, we have been in contact with the persons whom we believe the video has been directed to and have discussed safety planning,” said Chief Horvat.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express