#MillionMaskMarch: The New Face of Protest?

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks take part in a 2012 march to Britain's Houses of Parliament in London. The co-opting of Guy Fawkes Day by activists is becoming an annual tradition. AP/Matt Dunham

Anti-capitalism protesters in hundreds of cities around the world took to the streets Wednesday for the Million Mask March. At least five people were arrested in London’s protest, and thousands of police and riot squads deployed against similar protests elsewhere, including one in Ferguson, Mo.

The Million Mask March was organized by the Anonymous movement to coincide with Guy Fawkes night.

The Fawkes mask became a symbol of the Anonymous movement and civil disobedience after the 2006 film “V for Vendetta.” The movie is based on the comic book of the same name in which masked anarchists take to the streets on November 5th to protest against the tyranny of a totalitarian and dystopian Britain.

The Occupy movement was also involved in Wednesday’s protests.

The popularity of Anonymous’ broad anti-capitalism, anti-war positions is a testament to the Internet’s power for mobilization. As a member of Anonymous stated: “The Internet has the power to bring down regimes. That is what terrifies them. That is why they now monitor our phone calls, they monitor our emails, and they monitor our free speech. It terrifies them. They have no particular jurisdiction over the Internet. It belongs to everyone.”

— Posted by Roisin Davis

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