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A woman, who has declared herself the “QAnon queen” in Canada, has been forced to leave the village where she had been staying for two months.
Romana Didulo, a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory, recently arrived in Richmound, a small village in Saskatchewan with a population of around 150. She was accompanied by her group after traveling throughout Canada in the previous years.
Afterward, a gathering of approximately 15 to 25 individuals has been residing in a former school located in the town, which is owned by a supporter of Ms Didulo.
The group’s arrival in the village resulted in a substantial police presence and protests, resulting in at least one arrest. Village officials have repeatedly expressed their desire for the group to leave.
However, the villagers faced difficulties in removing the conspiracy theorist and her group from the school as the building’s owner, Ricky Manz, resisted.
In October, Mr. Manz was apprehended and accused of assault following a physical altercation.
It is unclear what exactly Ms Didulo and her entourage were using the school building for, but the self-proclaimed QAnon queen broadcasted every day from the school to her 70,000 followers.
Last week, audience members noticed a heater was placed on top of a propane tank in the background of a livestream. As a result, local authorities conducted an inspection to determine if there was a violation of fire codes.
According to a report from the BBC, the inspectors were denied entry, but they eventually departed the location after an hour. They left behind a lone flag that was still flying above the structure.
It has been reported that the group has relocated to a farm located west of the village. However, the villagers are concerned that Ms. Didulo and her followers may come back.
The village representative, who preferred not to be named, stated that although they are relieved that they are gone, everyone is still tense in case they return.
According to Christine Sarteschi, a professor at Chatham University and an authority on extremism who has researched Ms Didulo’s movement, the group is “unpredictable.”
She stated that they keep their actions hidden, but they still show concern for the events in Richmound and discuss returning. This unpredictability causes unease among others.
According to reports, Ms Didulo and her supporters have made threats to harm local authorities and have also made previous threats targeting healthcare workers, journalists, and other individuals.
The 48-year-old QAnon advocate utilizes various online platforms, such as the secure Telegram application, to connect with her followers who reject paying taxes and have fabricated their own illegitimate legal systems.
Ms Didulo has taken on the title of “Queen of Canada” and asserts that she is the true leader of the country, even claiming that Queen Elizabeth II has been put to death.
She is notorious for being against vaccinations and has promoted beliefs associated with QAnon, a baseless theory claiming that ex-president Donald Trump is conducting a covert battle against powerful government officials, business leaders, and media figures who worship Satan and engage in pedophilia.
During the year 2021, she stated that she was apprehended in Victoria, British Columbia under the mental health act of the province for a post in which she purportedly advocated for the punishment of healthcare workers who administered the Covid-19 vaccine to minors and young adults.
One year later, her team joined the “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations in Ottawa where they made an effort to detain police officers, alleging them of committing “crimes against humanity”. Six of her supporters were taken into custody.
It has been reported that she has shared content promoting the overthrow of Canadian officials and the occupation of government structures.