I would just like to point out the obvious hypocrisy in this bill. Now please correct me if I am wrong, but the people they are “targeting” with this bill are those who go to protests and stir sh*t up – breaking windows, chucking rocks, riling up the cops and generally being violent. Now what difference will this law make to those people? Does anyone really believe that passing a law is going to keep violent people from being violent? They are already breaking the law, so why would they care about one more infraction? No, this is another power grab from Ottawa. These violent protestors are giving the government an excuse to exert more control over law-abiding citizens, whose only crime may be choosing to remain anonymous at a political protest.
Now, I have heard stories about cops planting these people in protests to give them an excuse to arrest people, and I simply do not buy it. The violence is simply what happens when a mob forms. You can see it happening all over the world – groups of predominantly young people who see that things are not right and wanting change. And when you put that much restless energy into a space and provide the anonymity of a mob, people behave in ways that seem barbaric, but are really a very human reaction.
Say what you like, everyone is afraid right now. And some days, it just feels safer behind the mask.
“The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.” – William Golding “The Lord of the Flies” (1954)
Until next time,