Should protesters have the right to wear masks?

User - posted on 10/20/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Do you think protesters should have the right to wear masks? Should the police be able to make people remove their masks?

I kind of think that if people are passionate enough about a cause to attend a demo, they shouldn't have a problem showing their face. But on the other hand, with the current high level of cctv use and police videoing at demos, I can see why some would want to remain faceless.

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Charlie - posted on 10/22/2011

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Cathy I agree.
While I understand the idea behind the unity of the masks I find the use of the guy fawkes masks idiotic too.

Did you know sales of the guy fawkes masks went through the roof recently as people donned them under this protest ?

Did you also know that Warner bros OWNS the rights to the guy fawkes masks and is enjoying filling their account with every single dollar you spend on their billion dollar industry ?

If you buy a guy fawkes mask YOU ARE FEEDING THE 1%.

It would be much better if you wore a plain white mask , possibly make it yourself out of plaster.

Brittany - posted on 10/20/2011

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@ Sarah,

Seeing as how I am a free female, I pay my taxes, I bought the mask and I have the right to peacefully protest....

My mask stays on. I will be more then glad to voluntarily, and I mean on a need to know basis, provide the respectful police officer who asked nicely with proper Identification to prove such things like:

I am a US citizen
Age
Name
DL Number

I have no reason to be violent towards officers. I have a high respect for the Police Force and our Military. Many of them feel the same way most of us do.

As far as I am concerned, if I am asked respectfully to show my face for identification purposes only I would be more then happy to comply.

EX:

"Excuse me, ma'am, I am Officer Smith with the NYPD do you have proper identification?"
"Yes, Sir here is my drivers license."
"Ma"am would you please remove your mask for a moment so I can verify the photo with your face?"
"Yes, sir" remove mask, smile, return mask.

Would take less then five minuets.

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Hope - posted on 10/23/2011

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I thing if you truly believe in what you are protesting then you should have know problem showing your face.

Brittany - posted on 10/23/2011

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@ Feen,

I am not sure as to why people are buying them up like they are it does, seem a bit well silly to me. The mask itself is rather easy to make.

Not to mention there are several other websites out there where you can purchase the mask and the money goes to the organization that made them and no I am not talking about large corps I am referencing private owned organizations that make them.

It still shocks me that people are buying them. They are easy to make.

Brittany - posted on 10/23/2011

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The mask has been used for various other things then just this movement.

I never said the Catholic Church does not have Blood on their hands but, the English history as a whole has persecuted the Catholic Church. There were witch hunts of sorts on the Church. Queen Mary was killed for her plot on part to kill Queen Elizabeth.

I know of all of these plots your speak over. When King James took over there was an illusion that the Catholic church would once again be accepted in England.

This right here is a perfect example of why Church and State should NEVER EVER EVER MIX!

Charlie - posted on 10/23/2011

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Im still confused as to how those who have chosen to wear these masks to protests justify filling the bank accounts of Warner bros, a major corporation it actually makes me feel a little embaressed as someone who is all for the occupy movement considering how ironic it is.


Now how much History do you know about Mary the Queen of Scots ? she was no saint and had her hand in many deaths as well, it was dark times ..... one terrorist against another terrorist it doesnt make either of them "good people" and actually in reguards to the Occupy movement which is at its core a peaceful movement it seems stranger still ( on top of the financial gain Warner bros has made ) that this mask is used.

Brittany - posted on 10/23/2011

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He was wanting to over throw the Protestant King because, they were condemning and killing Catholics for no reason! Other then them being Catholic! The King was persecuting Catholics. They were hoping to put his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, on the throne to being Catholicism back to England.

Thank you for assuming that I do not know what I am talking about. Just because, you are British does not mean that I do not have a clue as to what I am talking about. If you want to talk about a Religious Terrorist let's talk about all of the horrid things the Protestant King was doing to oppress The Catholic Church at that time, shall we?

King James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, he was born Catholic and baptized Catholic.

In May 1606 he required all citizens to take an Oath of Allegiance. Which entailed denial of the Pope's Authority over the King. He saw this as an agreement between hte subjects and himself. What he was asking the Catholics to do was and still is considered heresy. He knew this!

What kind of almighty ruler is that to persecute his own people and demand that they commit heresy against their own church? A man who was born to one of the most pronounced Catholic women ever, banishing and even killing Catholics? Sounds like a Religious Terrorist to me. Comparable to Hitler, even

Brittany - posted on 10/22/2011

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@ Kathy,

A political terrorist? Are you kidding me? Do you know who Guy Fawkes is or what he stood for? Why he, and others, hatched the Gunpowder Plot?

Brittany - posted on 10/22/2011

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I, personally, find it to be FANTASTIC that Julian Assange was arrested in the protest. He did that on purpose.

Things in America are about to change. Welcome to a world revolution!

Caitlin - posted on 10/21/2011

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I understand the "sybol" of being masked, but I don't agree with it. Around here, if you see someone masked it's usually (as johnny said) the black bloc and they are up to no good. All it takes here is for one stone to be thrown and then you'll see ALL the masked people join in on destruction. THey go there to stir up crap, and usually succeed in completely ruining the reason for the protest int he first place, because then people will only focus on the destruction, and not the message.

Sherri - posted on 10/20/2011

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Eh I am torn to one extent I can see wanting not being known and in another if you are so passionate about something stand up and announce it with your face showing.

Although honestly I wouldn't be caught dead at one of these protests masked or not.

Johnny - posted on 10/20/2011

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Yes, they should have the right to wear a mask. If we live in a free and open society, those sorts of things should not be legislated. I do not generally agree with wearing masks to hide one's identity, but I can understand it.

Where I live, the police have a VERY hands off policy on the protestors, there have been no arrests and no issues at all. Most people are fairly supportive or just disinterested. It isn't controversial. In the past, for protests and other events, those wearing masks are "anarchists" who have shown up for the purpose of rioting, vandalism, and creating problems. The Black Bloc. They are a big problem. They ruin lots of legitimate protests and destroy other events. So when people wear masks (usually ski masks) to protests here, I don't trust them and I darn well expect the police to train a heavy eye on them.

But for those elsewhere wishing to protest but fearing that they could lose their job over it or be subjected to violence because of it, I understand. The Guy Fawkes masks are also a different issue all together, and are a symbol of rejecting oppression.

Brittany - posted on 10/20/2011

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Remember remember the Fifth of November. The gunpowder, treason and plot. I know no reason why the fifth of November should ever be forgot.

Charlie - posted on 10/20/2011

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It has nothing to do with hiding, it is a symbol of unity they are wearing the same masks to say "Hey we are all the same people , we are one and we stand together"

If it were about hiding or remaining faceless they could wear any old mask they wanted but it isnt so they wear the guy fawkes mask.

Stifler's - posted on 10/20/2011

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Nope. That says to me that their protest is not going to be peaceful, which is why they don't want to be identified. Julian Assange's hair gave it away.

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