Guy Fawkes mask inspires Occupy and Anonymous movements around the world
Generations of Britons have grown up pledging to “Remember remember the fifth of November: Gunpowder, treason and plot” — the figure of Guy Fawkes linked forever with fireworks, bonfires and childhood fun.
Now — more than four hundred years after the gruesome death of the man who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder — members of the Occupy and Anonymous movements, wearing the sinister black and white Guy Fawkes masks, plan to march on Parliament in central London. The march will recreate one of the final scenes of “V for Vendetta,” a film about a mysterious masked revolutionary who brings down a totalitarian regime, succeeding where Fawkes failed by blowing up parliament.
The Guy Fawkes mask, worn by V, the film’s protagonist — with its diabolical grin, devilish black moustache and thin goatee on a porcelain white background — has become the talisman of a new generation of activists as an unprecedented wave of disgust and anger with establishment figures has swept the world.
The mask was first embraced by international hacker ring Anonymous in 2008. Malcolm, a 44-year-old Anonymous member and camper, says the mask has become “an international symbol for rebellion and anonymity.” With a grin, he adds, “As they say — Guy Fawkes was the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions.”
[Excerpts of a CNN article by Nick Thompson]