Amon is a masked villian. Point blank, period. A lot of people are saying that they know who Amon is. I honestly dont believe that. Can Amon take ones bending away? Yes! But is it permanent? Thats the question. Maybe what Amon's doing is a form of Chakra-blocking. Only the Avatar has the power to take ones bending away for good, but I was quite pleased with Amon when he took Tarrlok's bending away.
The Equalists are just some selfish chi-blockers who want money. They electricuted Tenzin, Lin Beifong and The Fire Ferrets. There's nothing mush for me to say about The Equalists. They're against bending and benders. So, yeah.