Should Wearing Masks Be Outlawed?

Mexican police wearing masks- oh the irony...

I was just reading the Gangsters Out Blog when I ran across an article about Nicolas Licier, a man wanted for Cocaine charges in Victoria BC, being arrested in Mexico. It was the picture that was most interesting. In Mexico, it is the police who wear masks, not the criminals…

The Canadian government is currently considering legislation to make it illegal to wear a mask during a riot or an unlawful assembly. Now, I haven’t read any of the proposed legislation but if it is only about wearing during riots, and not during demonstrations, I’m totally okay with this. That said, I’m somewhat on the fence about wearing masks during a demonstration. It seems to me that would be a step too far.

This leads us to the question of what is a riot? Well, up to this weekend, I would have thought that an event would only be called a riot if people are rioting. But, after Derrick Soberal was arrested for “Inciting a Riot” for blocking traffic in Ottawa this weekend, we now have to reconsider…

So, despite how much I’d like to see the juvenile idiots who do dumb Black Bloc shit be stopped in their tracks, I just can’t see myself supporting this bill. It just seems too much like a tool that could be easily misused. Before we can consider accepting such a law, we should first have laws that hold the police responsible when they impose unfair charges to deter demonstrations…

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    • bonnibrai on May 7, 2012 at 14:28
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    Do you have any documentation on Derick Soberal actually being arrested for inciting a riot ?

    1. No, but I have spoken to three people who were there, and I’ve published the videos on my article yesterday…

      Why do you ask? Do you have doubts?

    • bonnibrai on May 7, 2012 at 14:48
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    Yes indeed. I’ve seen the fiasco at Osgood described as a “freedom of the press” issue when that was not the case.BTW just curious as to why only two people showed up at court for the accused on April 26 after such a huge demonstration .Seems a bit odd don’t you think?

    • Lawrence on May 7, 2012 at 21:27
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    Ok but only if we out law the use of tear gas by police first.

    • bonnibrai on May 8, 2012 at 00:07
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    Greg .Why did you delete my response?

    1. I hadn’t deleted it, just missed it when doing approvals. Sorry, but it is up now.

    • Seriously? on May 8, 2012 at 21:34
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    Lawrence – no need for tear gas if the crowd behaves.

    1. Indeed…

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