Bahrain Bans Import of ... Guy Fawkes Masks

That should put an end to protests

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2013 2:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Bahrain thinks it has found one way to stem the nation's 2-year-old protest movement: Ban the import of those ubiquitous Guy Fawkes masks. The nation's commerce chief announced this week that anyone caught bringing them into the country faces arrest, reports the Independent. Of course, protesters might be able to figure out how to make their own, notes the newspaper. The Fawkes mask singled out is the "V for Vendetta" style made popular by the movie of the same name in 2005. Last fall, the United Arab Emirates made it illegal to wear the masks, notes the Voice of America.

An Occupy demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask during protests in Charlotte, N.C., last year.
An Occupy demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask during protests in Charlotte, N.C., last year.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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