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

(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.

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Mar 1, 2013 8:21 AM CST
3d printers exist. I'm just sayin ...!
Feb 28, 2013 8:55 PM CST
Worst thing about that mask is, that movie may be one of the worst over-hyped movies. At least it wasn't the mask from scream though.
Feb 28, 2013 8:10 PM CST
Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this February the 28th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to giving up freedoms. They promised you order, they promised you peace, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. My hope was is remind us and the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the 28th of February to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me.