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Mask-wearing protestors in D.C. can now be arrested

Wearing a mask while protesting outside a residence without telling D.C. police first could now get you arrested.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a strongly worded bill to deal with an animal rights group that has been known to wear masks and appear unannounced outside District residents' homes shouting things like "You should die." Residents have been complaining to their council members that they felt "terrorized." Critics of the bill say it's too broad and limits First Amendment rights.

"They scared some people so much that they feel like prisoners in their own homes," said Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the Residential Tranquility Act of 2010.

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Comment by David McElroy
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 "Who was that masked man?" was the question in the wake of the Lone Ranger's departures from his good deeds. Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Guy Fawkes was just a little too slow lighting that fuse under the British Parliament. His caricature mask is most appropriate to remember in that classic film, "V for Vendetta", a primer for vigilante public service if there ever was one. Of course, our Hispanic friends might recall Zorro! Masks are like guns, only as good as the people behind them. But masks conceal identity, a scary thing for tyrants who insist on labelling everybiody and everything for the quick administration of exploitation, oppression, and retribution. En Garde! 

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