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Guy Fawkes Day 2011

November 5, 2011 by staff 

Guy Fawkes Day 2011, Occupying protesters have always felt a connection to Guy Fawkes and today they will “remember remember the fifth of November” as protesters around the world celebrate Guy Fawkes Day.

In protests around the country and around the world, protesters are putting on the mask of Guy Fawkes, popularized by the movie “V for Vendetta.”

But Guy Fawkes is not just a pop culture icon. People have been celebrating Guy Fawkes Day in the past 400 years.

Guy Fawkes became an icon of dissent and defiance after a failed plot to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605. The mask, which first hit the pop culture of the past thirty years in the graphic novel “V for Vendetta” has been adopted by people like Julian Assange and the hacker group Anonymous.

CNN reports that members of Anonymous and occupy London protesters plan march to Parliament today using Guy Fawkes masks.

Malcolm, a member of the hacker group Anonymous said:

“The point of using the mask must be able to go to a protest without fear of retaliation or aggression of creation.”

But Guy Fawkes has not always been a symbol of protest. Call Lewis, an assistant professor in the history of San Luis Obispo, said Guy Fawkes the image has changed dramatically in recent years.

Call said the Huffington Post:

“Little by little over the centuries, the meaning of Guy Fawkes has changed dramatically. The reputation of Guy Fawkes has been recovered. Before he was seen originally as a terrorist trying to destroy England. Now that you’ve seen more as a fighter for freedom, a fighter for individual freedom against an oppressive regime. The political significance of that number has changed. “

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