We wear the Mask – Section 60AA, Met Police, Parliament, Occupy

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has been put in order by the Metropolitan police around Parliament Square a.k.a the heart of UK democracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/22/occupy-london-activists-police-parliament-square

I’m interested as an artist in the heightened “Status of Objects of disobedience”.

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.”

― Oscar Wilde

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear The Mask, in the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

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