A new Canadian law will make it a criminal offence to wear a mask or conceal your identity during a riot.
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Maximum 10-year prison term for wearing mask in riot or unlawful assembly

A Canadian bill that would ban the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly was proclaimed law during a royal assent ceremony in the Senate this afternoon (June 19).

Bill C-309, a private member’s bill introduced by Conservative MP Blake Richards in 2011, passed third reading in the Canada’s upper chamber the Senate on May 23.

The bill makes it illegal to wear a mask or conceal a person’s identity during a riot or unlawful assembly: “Every person who commits an offence under subsection(1) while wearing a mask or other disguise to conceal their identity without lawful excuse…is guilty of an indictable offence”.

The bill carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence for convictions.

More information:
CBC News – Wearing a mask at a riot becomes a crime today – here
Parliament of Canada website – Text and Status of Bill C-309 – here




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