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SA Australian Law - Wearing Masks in Public During Public Protest - Legal?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by iPhone 6, 20 January 2016.

  1. iPhone 6

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    I am planning a sensible public protest, and I intend to conceal our identities using blank masks.

    Is this legal under Australian Law?

    If so:

    If asked by an authority, is it necessary to reveal our identities (since we are obviously not a threat)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    As far as I am aware, concealing your identity at a protest is not illegal, but it is my understanding that you are obligated to provide a form of a identity to a police officer if it is asked of you.
     
  3. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I don't know of anything that prevents you from visually concealing your identity in public.
     
  4. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    It's not an offence to wear a mask.

    But to use it a mask to conceal your identity,
    or if you to refuse to remove it when police ask you to do so,
    then that can be an offence.

    As a matter of law, wearing a mask to conceal your identity in a protest,
    is not very different to wearing a mask to conceal your identity
    in an armed robbery.
     

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