Horrified at threats of lateral violence present on babble
Ripping off people's masks, gang attacking people for wearing masks, hitting people wearing masks in the head with marbles, citizen's arresting people for wearing masks. These are all quotes from a thread on this site.
I've been involved in some heated and personal debates on this subject, but this is vile.
So if I'm a single parent on welfare and I don't want my welfare worker to see me at a protest and cut me off for not looking for work that day -but I want to go to the protest so I wear a mask, I'm at risk of getting tackled by a gang of ‘pacifist thugs' and turned over to the police?
If I'm an immigrant worker an I don't want the immigration officer reviewing my case to see me on the news and put a permanent mark on my and all my relatives records, but I want to go to the protest so I wear a mask, I'm at risk of being attacked, having the mask ripped off my face and forcefully paraded in front of every camera around before being handed over to the police.
If I'm a union member and my union didn't sanction this protest or picket, but I wanted to go support anyway, so I wear a mask, I'm at risk of being attacked by my own union brothers and sisters?
So I'm at a protest and I don't wear a mask because I'm terrified of being attacked by peace police, then I get on the nightly news and my boss sees it and the next week I'm fired.
There are lots of reasons to wear masks. This violent anti-mask attitude puts people at risk of serious consequences of political dissent -in addition to actually assaulting people for what amounts to a piece clothing.