November 5th has become synonymous with the Anonymous movement, which planned a series of global ‘million mask march’ protests against the system last night. For anyone who isn’t aware of the history behind the Zeitgeist of our day, those white-faced, black-mustached masks worn by those sympathizing with Anonymous’s anarchistic goals represent a man named Guy Fawkes. He was caught trying to blow up the English Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605, and ever since that fateful day British people have set off fireworks and burned effigies of him to celebrate the fact his gunpowder plot failed.
Fast forward 400 years, and few people celebrate his failings; we don’t respect the government enough to care anymore. In fact, Guy Fawkes is more likely to be seen smashing a bank window than sitting on top of a bonfire. Anonymous adopted him as their hero after the film V for Vendetta popularized the mask, forcing us to reconsider Fawkes’s ‘terrorist’ label. After all, we like to joke in Britain that Guy Fawkes was the last man to enter Government with honest intentions. It’s a sad but true observation about the current state of democracy, which is why he has become the perfect historical character to represent the frustrations of disillusioned anti-capitalists around the world. It’s now quite rare to see Fawkes being burned at traditional festivities on November 5th in the UK: this year, the town of Lewes in Sussex chose to set fire to a giant model of David Cameron instead (complete with a pig’s head in his lap, in reference to that news story…). Genius.
The million mask march took place in over 400 cities around the world, with the London event being the main one to watch. Thousands of protesters (including Russell Brand) descended on Trafalgar Square to show their contempt for the system, and 2,000 police officers were there to meet them. At least 50 people were arrested, fireworks were thrown at police horses, and mainstream news has painted a terrible picture of the activists, one of who even set fire to a police car. Or did he?
One Facebook user posted an intriguing selection of images which suggest the protester in question was actually an undercover officer.
Here’s another post by angry activists venting their frustration on Facebook:
What do you think? We would love to hear from anyone who was there. Have you ever attended a peaceful protest that was reported entirely differently in the press? Are violent Anon members really in the minority? Do you have any evidence that agent provocateurs are present at these kinds of rallies? Let us know in the comments below.
In addition to an RT news report on the London march (above), we’ll leave you with V’s revolutionary speech from V for Vendetta, which explains the Anonymous movement (and specifically the million mask march) much better than anything you’ll find in the mainstream news.
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