“When trouble starts, people intent on criminal activity depend on being able to 'mask up' to conceal their faces with bandanas, balaclavas or other means to avoid being identified and being held accountable for their actions,” Richards said in a statement last month when the bill was tabled. “Wearing a mask in these circumstances is an aggravating factor for their behaviour that should be reflected in the law."He claims the police want this. Of course they do. They like finding ways of arresting people doing little more than standing in the street at protests. Secret laws, lies, kettles, and cages. Mask-wearing? You must be a Black Bloc window-smasher.
Of course, if this passes, everyone at every protest is going to show up wearing masks. Blake Richards masks.