Anti-mask laws

German football hooligans with masked faces in a 1990s match.

Anti-mask or anti-masking laws refer to legislative or penal initiatives that seek to stop individuals from concealing their faces, who do so often to go unidentified during a crime.

North America

United States

In many US states and the District of Columbia, there are anti-mask laws.[1]








According to § 11, part 5 of the police statute (politiloven) from 1995, it's prohibited to be masked during an event taking place in public. Exempted from the prohibition are participants in theatre, mascaraed or similar. In accordance with § 30 of the same law; violation is punishable by a fine or up to three months imprisonment.[15]


According to the Law № 54-ФЗ


According to the November 2013 Citizens’ Security Law (Ley mordaza), demonstration protesters who cover their faces may be fined up to 30,000.[16]




United Kingdom

See also


  1. CND: State Codes Related To Wearing Masks
  2. The John Birch Society Same As The KKK
  3. Occupy's Halloween Party Might Break D.C.'s Anti-Mask Law
  4. Old Anti-Mask Law Foils Wall Street Protestors
  5. With a 'Hi-Oh, Silver!' ACLU Challenges Michigan Anti-Mask Law on Behalf of "Lone Ranger" Protesters
  6. Who Goes There?" -- Proposing a Model Anti-Mask Act
  7. "Bikers Arrested for Wearing Bandanas". Motorcycle Profiling Project. 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  8. Canadian Anti-Masking Bill Imminent
  9. Police chiefs back anti-mask bill
  10. Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime
  11. Mask ban: Canada's veiled protesters face 10 years' jail
  12. Name: * (2010-01-23). "Denmark: Police brutalise climate protesters | Green Left Weekly". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  13. LOV nr 440 af 31/05/2000 om ændring af straffeloven(Maskeringsforbud)
  14. "§ 17a VersG". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  15. LOV-1995-08-04-53, Lov om politiet (politiloven).
  16. "Spain's anti-protest bill criticized as anti-democratic". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  17. "Lag (2005:900) om förbud mot maskering i vissa fall". 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  18. "Ukrainian News - Parliament Bans Wearing Masks, Helmets, Camouflage Clothing At Mass Rallies". 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  19. "Верховная Рада отменила "скандальные" законы - В Украине". 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  21. Flanagan, Ed (2014-01-28). "Ukraine anti-protest laws repealed; PM resigns - World News". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
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