Occupy Protests

November 4, 2011 by staff 

Occupy Protests, See a photo or a clip of news from around the world occupy the protesters and, most likely to detect a handful of people with masks of a cartoon man with a pointed beard, smile with your mouth closed and eyes mysterious.
The mask is a stylized version of Guy Fawkes, an Englishman who tried to bomb the British Parliament on November 5, 1605.

“Masks are very significant,” Ricciardelli said Alexandra, who was rolling cigarettes on a table in front of her tent at Zuccotti Park in New York two days before the anniversary of Fawkes attempted bombing attempt.

“There is no bombing, trying to be anonymous – and at peace.”

At 20 years old, of Keyport, New Jersey, Fawkes mask “is about being against the man – the power that keeps you down.”

But the history books not translated to the popularity of the mask: A novel of almost 30 years of age, visual and film five years of age, he did.

“V for Vendetta” the movie based on comic whose violent, fashion anarchist anti-hero Guy Fawkes himself a modern and rebel against a fascist government has become a touchstone for the mostly young protesters of Western countries. While Warner Brothers owns the licensing rights to the mask of Guy Fawkes, several protesters said they were using copies made abroad to evade the corporation.

However, if inspiration is the cartoon, film or historical figure, images – now co-opted by everyone from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange the hacker group Anonymous – has strong connotations that some of the protesters occupy seem to understand.

While the idealized image of Fawkes in the last 400 years, he was a criminal who tried to blow a government building. It would be hard to imagine Americans one day Timothy McVeigh wearing masks to protest against the government or corporate greed.

Call Lewis, an assistant professor in the history of California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, said masked protesters are taking a powerful symbol that has changed meaning over the centuries.

“You can grab it for any political purpose they want,” he said. “That’s the real power of it.”

Fawkes was a Catholic rebel executed by the attempt. In the years immediately following his execution, November 05 was the official celebration of England to defeat Fawkes said Call, who has written about the nexus of Fawkes, “V for Vendetta” and protests of today.

Call said the next three centuries, people in England began to use the image of Fawkes in different ways. Some use Fawkes as a symbol for placing limits on state power. Others arose as a freedom fighter.

Then came the comic, a story set in a futuristic nihilistic England. And the film. People began to think of him as a libertarian anarchist hero, or even.

“Little by little over the centuries, the meaning of Guy Fawkes has changed dramatically,” said Call. “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 freedom fighter, a fighter for individual freedom against an oppressive regime. The political significance of that number has changed. ”

Almost two years after the movie “V for Vendetta” was released, the hacker group Anonymous wore the mask of Guy Fawkes is shown in the film during the protests against the Church of Scientology. Then came Wikileaks and the squatting movement.

Zuccotti Park in New York, Guy Fawkes masks have been used during the last month by protestors occupy ranging from self-proclaimed anarchists to bring to the spoof “zombie” bankers. Few wearing Thursday afternoon because of the arrests of masked activists. But they had not gone – just hidden.

One was in the left hand 32-year-old Jason J. Cross – right under the sign of protest. There were 20 more hidden in his tent, and sold in 5 each.

“I was 10 yesterday, and I was sold!” said.

Cruz said he had bought 100 of online masks made in China.

“The origins of this mask comes from the idea of ??rising up against the government,” he said. “Guy Fawkes is the fact that people have real power.”

A man protests in London occupy a few days ago said that the mask has become a powerful symbol.

“It is the unification of the world under one symbol,” said 33-year-old, who requested anonymity because he said being a member of a group accused of hacking into the government and corporate computer systems.

“People hide behind masks, masks and put his identity hidden. Therefore, you can do much more than if you do not have masks” he said, after leaving his tent sleepy eyes.

The protester London said that her brothers are trying to counteract the Warner Bros. picture control.

He says that the UK has imported Anonymous 1,000 copies of China, and the distribution is “directly into the pockets of the funds of beer instead of Anonymous Warner Brothers. Much better.”

Hudson Williams Eynon, a protester in Seattle’s Westlake Plaza, said the mask is not the only corporate product of Movement is being used. Smart phones, cameras and Internet service are used to organize. It’s inevitable, he said.

“There are a lot of ironies inherent in the protest against the corporations in a corporate world,” Williams said in early October Eynon.

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