An unusual decree has been issued by the Bahrain government, they have banned the import of something most people would find to be innocent, however it seems to have become the symbol of revolution.
The Gulf Kingdom’s Industry and Commerce Minister, Hassan Fakhro has banned the importation of a plastic face mask. The Guy Fawkes mask, worn in the 2005 Hollywood movie ‘V’ for vendetta, is now blocked from entering the country.
Anyone found importing the facial garb could be put in detention; this is all due to the fact that anti-government protestors have been using them to remain anonymous.
The historical mask has been used in street demonstrations around the world, from the Occupy Wall street movement in the U.S. and UK to the Arab Spring revolutions which toppled the likes of Muammar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak.
To many this may sound like a strange move given the fact that it is just a mask. At the end of the day the Minister may be able to put it on the black list but questions remain as to whether the government will be able to control production within the country.
Can the ban of this costume piece mask the deep set political issues in Bahrain?