Friday, November 02, 2012
“In my experience when someone shows up at protest with mask, their intentions are violent,” [Canadian Police Association president Tom Stamatakis] said. “There is no good legitimate reason for someone to protest peacefully and show up wearing a mask.”Nor is there any reason for police to remove their badges during a protest, either. But this happened at the G20, and then they were protected by the cone of silence.
Irwin Colter seems to think the bill is just aimed at arresting violent protesters. Actually, the idea is to stop people from attending a protest in the first place. And a decade from now, chances are the Supreme Court will find pre-emptive arrest for how someone is dressed is unconstitutional.
*The title of this post is a quote from The Masque of the Red Death which somehow seems appropriate, I thought.
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This law would make it easier to identify agent provocateurs easier when they try incite a riot.
By 11:22 p.m., at
I've got no problem with this if it includes police as well as protesters, and makes wearing some form of police badge ID mandatory.
And this should be not just for riot squad officers but also for plain clothes cops who according to protester' reports committed some of the worst abuses, like the sadistic bastards who told the teenage girl detainees they'd be raped as soon as they got to the cop shop. Or the cops who wouldnt let detainees make a phone call. Or the ones who discharged detainees from the Eastern Ave detention centre in the middle of the night in the rain, without their wallets or shoes.
By 12:19 p.m., at
The police in question should have been lined up and informed that they are proud of who they are, and that anyone removing his or her badge can also turn in their sidearm, uniform, and letter of resignation from the force.
Would makeup and sunglasses be classified as a "mask"? How about facial hair? Will the police start pulling on beards to see if they are genuine?
By 5:49 p.m., at