The following CBC News article illustrates the depths of absurdity that Montreal Police have now gone to in enforcing Montreal city bylaw P-6, which seeks to put limits on the right to protest by requiring that a protest route be provided in advance, prohibiting the wearing of masks, and other such restrictions:
If you read the comments on the CBC story you will see that there are a lot of people who feel that this police action is totally ridiculous and that the police have now gone too far. A lot of the comments on the story are worth repeating. Here are some of them:
The point behind the mask "law" is so protesters can be identified if they do something wrong.
This "Panda" does not meet those standards. He is clearly visible at all times, he cannot move quickly due to the costume itself, and they already know who the person is.
He is a philosophy professor. Thinking critically is his job; he is a well paid and well educated (obviously) professional.
Why are they so afraid of him?Give the head back, this is called Freedom of Expression and the last time I checked, its protected by the Canadian Constitution.
I put my life on the line overseas for Canada and our freedom, I bet these police haven't because they obviously don't understand the concept of freedom and Freedom of Expression.Let's hope that there is widespread condemnation of this police action, so that the police back down, and that there is pressure on the PQ Government to change their hypocritical position in support of municipal bylaw P-6, which is just as bad as Charest's Law 78, which the PQ opposed!This is what our soldiers are fighting overseas for now folks. Think about it.