There are some pandas the government just won’t like. Take Montreal’s “Anarchopanda”* for example, which is a person in a large panda costume that has apparently become the unofficial mascot of Montreal student protesters.
Over the weekend, the mascot’s head was seized by police and the wearer was charged with wearing a mask during an illegal assembly. The Montreal Gazette reports that a local law prohibits protesters from holding rallies without submitting an itinerary. The controversial bylaw P-6 also makes it illegal to wear masks during such protests.
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The reason for P-6 is because they don’t want people shielding their identity from police, not because they don’t find pandas adorable. Because as we know, Canadian governments love pandas.
The Gazette reports that the person under the mask was fined $637 each for participating in an illegal assembly and for wearing the panda mask while doing it. The mask has been seizedRead More »from Montreal police seize the head of student protesters’ panda mascot