Was Pastor James Coates Actually Persecuted?

Daniel 3 Daniel 6 Romans 13:1-14
Joel Webbon

Several pastors have deliberately chosen to defy government regulations for their church gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision has incurred various penalties from the state, including even imprisonment for Pastor James Coates. Is this a legitimate example of persecution? Or is this merely the consequence for unjustified rebellion?