“OTTAWA – It could soon be illegal for rioters to hide behind masks.
“A proposed law would allow cops to arrest those participating in an unlawful gathering or a riot if they cover their faces with bandannas and balaclavas.
“This is exactly the kind of thing we need to see, this kind of law will create a deterrence effect,” said Blake Richards, the Conservative backbencher who drafted the bill.
“He said police support a change to the Criminal Code.”
Would rioters like these darkly clad gentlemen at UC Davis and in Seattle be subject to a law banning face masks?
First amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Section 2 from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.