Men and youths wearing surgical masks or balaclavas guarded the building and patrolled its immediate vicinity.
She reportedly bought a shotgun herself, as well as the balaclavas to cover their faces.
She said she could not bear to see teenagers putting on balaclavas heading for the barricades.
"woolen head covering," especially worn by soldiers, evidently named for village near Sebastopol, Russia, site of a battle Oct. 25, 1854, in the Crimean War. But the term (originally Balaclava helmet) does not appear before 1881 and seems to have come into widespread use in the Boer War. The British troops suffered from the cold in the Crimean War, and the usage might be a remembrance of that conflict. The town name (Balaklava) often is said to be from Turkish, but is perhaps folk-etymologized from a Greek original Palakion.