Tens of thousands of individuals around the world have taken to the streets to participate in the Million Mask March which took place on November 5th. Supporters of the Anonymous hacker-activist group orchestrated rallies globally. The date coincides with Guy Fawkes Day, a day of remembrance for a 17th century British revolutionary who attempted to blow up Parliament. Those in solidarity with the cause have descended upon numerous cities sporting the over-exposed Fawkes mask.
While reasons for getting involved with the march vary among supporters, the general consensus appears to be the objective of bringing to light current social injustices, and corruption being perpetrated by authority figures. Events took place in dozens of countries: Canada, United States, Japan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Mexico, Belize, Brazil, Poland and others. Canadians took to the streets in numerous cities wearing Guy Fawkes masks covering their faces, even though recent legislation was passed which prohibits citizens in the nation from doing so if they are protesting, those caught could face up to ten years in prison for covering their face. A law which many deem violates their Constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression.
Although the event had no official organizers or websites, thousands still managed to seek out others in solidarity within their communities, and organize effectively to bring awareness and attention to the issue. And to no surprise, the mainstream media newscasters had other narrative priorities for the day, which didn’t involve shining any light on the growing public disappointment and disapproval for the rulers and government in general. The people are tired of the debt, wars, economic disparity, lies and corruption from supposedly democratic representatives. The event also managed to attract the attention of celebrity funnyman Russel Brand, who recently made headlines with his comments during a BBC interview, he also took to the streets in London wearing a Fawkes mask. The event was broadcast live and reported from various platforms.
One of the largest protests of the night took place in central London, as well in Parliament Square, protesters burned energy bills to oppose the rising cost of fuel, and there were minor clashes with police in riot gear as protesters also gathered near Buckingham Palace, where a fire was started just yards away from its gates, and glass bottles were alleged to have been thrown. Those taking part in the events had a plethora of grievances and issues which they were upset, and there to express about, fueling their initiative to take part in the demonstration.
Hundreds more gathered outside of the White House in Washington, as well as in numerous other locations. American protesters were heard chanting “No justice, No Peace” and “Obama come out, we got something to talk about.” Many involved asserted that they were there to demonstrate and bring awareness to greedy corporations and corrupt governments around the world.
The first of the protests started in the east in Lebanon, Thailand, Indonesia, and Philippines, followed by Canada, the US, Australia, South Africa, and other nations. The Livestream of the protest which took place in front of the White House was viewed by more than 200,000 people. The overall event had no major reports or incidents of violence, and only minor arrests took place.
Regardless of having been ignored by the mainstream media, supporters were able to effectively and peacefully organize themselves using social networking platforms, to orchestrate their demonstration around the world. Present authorities have maintained a repeatedly-proven corrupt and relatively fascist economic system of disparity, designed to fuel inequality and poverty, while supporting a select few of the financial elite, propping up billion-dollar corporations and banks, funded with the peoples’ money. The Million Mask March is one of many social demonstrations which has taken place over the past few years, as we have seen economic conditions worsen in many areas, to bring attention to the growing issues at hand and crimes being perpetrated against the people. With no real solutions having come about or explanations been given by any authority figures. The corruption is continuing, and we can expect these demonstrations to continue.