International hacktivist group Anonymous has planned a Million Mask March consisting of rallies and protests in 450 locations worldwide to commemorate the 5th of November, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, the day that inspired the movement’s creation.
Group organizers call for “Anonymous, WikiLeaks, The Pirate Party, Occupy and Oath Keepers to Unite Marchers, Occupiers, Whistleblowers and Hacktivists.” Events are taking place in major global capitals such as Washington D.C. and London, among others.
Protests have already occurred in Sydney, the Philippines and Tokyo, as shown below.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 5, 2013
— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) November 5, 2013
— チャノロジー・アノニマス (@JapanAnon) November 4, 2013
Anonymous supporters are Tweeting using the hashtags #MillionMaskMarch #MMM, #OpVendetta and #Op5th to show solidarity with the movement.
— Michael (@_cypherpunks_) November 4, 2013
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) November 4, 2013
The intentions behind individual protests vary from region to region, but all share a common thread of combating perceived injustice.
The Guy Fawkes symbol regained popularity after the release of the 2005 cult-hit film V for Vendetta which derived it’s plot from the tale of Guy Fawkes. Below, a passage from the film that has inspired much of Anonymous’ ideals and tactics.
And here, the English verse about the Guy Fawkes Day in 1605 from which the Anonymous movement is rooted.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gun powder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.
Cristiano M. Lima (@ludacristiano on Twitter) is a Brazilian-American journalist based out of Bethlehem, PA. He is a recent graduate of Lehigh University where he studied Political Science. He currently writes for 69 News and Prevention Magazine. He’s also been a contributor for Latino Rebels since the fall of 2013. He welcomes any and all Miami Heat trash talk.