Dubai Police Declare “Anonymous” Guy Fawkes Masks Illegal

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Nov 202012

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Police have declared the Guy Fawkes mask, the disguise most strongly associated with Anonymous, illegal.

In a nation considered a strong US allie, Police issued a warning that wearing the mask, especially on or before the UAE’s National Day on Dec. 2, would be a crime symbolizing resistance to state authority. Note that in the UAE they just have a “National” day … Not an “Independence Day” … Just a “National” day … Just some food for thought …

“Using any symbol that insults the country or instigates unrest against its system is not allowed,” Gulf News cites the official as saying. “We urge citizens to celebrate using other symbols such as national flags, slogans or photos that are more appropriate to the happy occasion of National Day.

A large number of masks decorated with the colors of the UAE flag and the number 41, a reference to this year’s 41st National Day, have cropped up on online stores and selling for around $13. Gulf News reports that several Dubai markets and stores are selling them too.

The “Anonymous” or “Guy Fawkes” mask is based on the story of the man who tried to blow up the U.K.’s House of Lords in 1605. Ppularized by the movie V for Vendetta, has become a common sight at many real-world events linked to the Anonymous collective. The mask was widely worn by protesters during the Arab Spring uprisings in countries throughout the Middle East last year. It seems rather odd that Guy Fawkes has become the “face” of “Anonymous” as all “official” press releases by “Anonymous” advocate non-violence as a prime directive. How an organization that is not organized can have an “official” press release itself is a deep question and one wonders if such a thing is even possible, but that is the subject for another article.