Anonymous plans Million Mask March on Washington

Demonstrators hope that one million masked activists will descend on Washington, DC next month to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with a mass rally to remind the world “That fairness, justice and freedom are more than just words.”

That’s the mission statement of the “Million Mask March,” an
event scheduled for November 5 in the nation’s capital that’s
being arranged by affiliates of the hacktivism movement
Anonymous, an international group of activists who’ve adopted the
image of the infamous Englishman who unsuccessfully plotted to
blow up Parliament in the early 1600s.

The group has been circulating flyers on the Web and in
Washington, where they request that a million activists disguised
as Fawkes march down the National Mall on November 5 for an array
of causes that have been adopted in the past by self-proclaimed
actors in the movement.

According to the event’s official Facebook page, topics to be
discussed during the day include government reform, the
pharmaceutical industry and the use of genetically modified
foods, among others. An unofficial page that has been disavowed
by the creators of the Facebook event asks for members of
Anonymous, participants in the Occupy movement and supporters of
WikiLeaks and whistleblowing to make the trip to DC next month.

For those unable to venture to Washington, however, other rallies
have been scheduled to occur around the world on Guy Fawkes Day,
including events tentatively slated to occur in locales ranging
from Abuja, Nigeria and Athens, Greece to Zapata, Texas and
Zurich, Switzerland.

One event scheduled to begin on the afternoon of Nov. 5 at
London’s Trafalgar Square invites possible attendees “to a
friendly gathering of the minds. A tea party, so to speak, as a
collective we can trade our ideas and share them with the
world
.”

John Fairhust, the organizer of the DC rally, told IB Times that
the march in Washington “is not only a protest showing our
strength in numbers, it is as well the issuance of a warning to
the powers that be
.”

In 2008, an international series of raids targeting the Church of
Scientology and orchestrated by a still-infant Anonymous occurred
in tandem in over 100 cities worldwide. Participants around the
globe adopted the image of Guy Fawkes as popularized in the 2005
film V for Vendetta, and that likeness has been largely
affiliated with the group since.

Anonymous has adopted a number of causes over the years, and has
also taken on an array of targets, often successful in its
endeavors to a degree notwithstanding an absence of leadership or
a central governing body.

Despite media reports to the contrary, Anonymous, although it
may be nimble, flexible and emergency, is not random, shadow or
chaotic
,” McGill University educator Gabriella Coleman wrote
in a recently published paper about the group in which she said
that “mutability and dynamism continue to be a staple of
Anonymous’ activist and historical developments
.”

Self-identifying “Anons” have in years past targeted government
institutions and allegedly corrupt corporations alike, and
earlier this month an indictment unsealed by a federal court in
the US accused 13 Americans of waging cybercrimes against
companies considered by the group to be pro-censorship during a
campaign dubbed Operation PayBack. Fourteen Americans previously
indicted for a similar assault waged at companies critical of the
anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks are scheduled to appear in a
California courthouse on October 31.

For those planning an appearance in DC days later, however, be
warned: Section 22-3312.03 of the District of Columbia code
prohibits any person over the age of 16 from wearing a mask or
any other item “whereby any portion of the face is hidden,
concealed or covered as to conceal the identity of the
wearer
” on public roads and property within the city.

Copyright: RT