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Million Mask March to Mark Guy Fawkes Day

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FILE - Activists of the international network "Anonymous" behind their masks posing in Berlin.

FILE - Activists of the international network "Anonymous" behind their masks posing in Berlin.

Thursday is Guy Fawkes Day in Britain, marking the 410th anniversary of Englishman Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I.

Until recently, the day has been a uniquely British affair celebrated with fireworks, bonfires, toffee apples, and the somewhat spooky refrain:

“Remember, remember!The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!”

But over the past several years Fawkes has made a global comeback.

His spirit lives on thanks in large part to the 1980 graphic novel and 2006 movie “V for Vendetta.”

The Fawkes mask worn by the protagonist of the film has become a global symbol of rebellion, and has perhaps been most successfully co-opted by Anonymous, a shadowy hacker collective.

Anonymous is planning to mark Guy Fawkes Day with what they’re calling a “Million Mask March.” It is the fourth march to date, and last year saw protests in all four corners of the globe.

According to a press release from the group, the demonstrations will take place in “hundreds of cities around the world” in the hopes that it will go toward “building a better future through collective action.”

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