You wouldn’t know if you visited the homepages of Fox News or CNN today, but while the nation’s big media outlets are fixated on a presidential election still twelve months down the road, an international protest is taking place in nearly every Anglican capital on the planet.
The annual night of revelry and protest can be traced to November 5, 1605, when a 35-year-old Catholic guy named Guy Fawkes was captured.
Fawkes was the supposed brains behind a plot to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament, a scheme that was intended to assassinate England’s protestant monarch, King James I, and replace him with his Catholic daughter.
The plot was revealed to the authorities through an anonymous letter sent to William Parker.
King James I ordered authorities to conduct a thorough search of Parliament, which was conducted in the early hours of November 5, 1605, and Fawkes was found, armed with a slow match and a watch. Inside the cellar, barrels of gunpowder were discovered hidden under piles of firewood and coal.
According to reports, the 36 barrels of gunpowder were “enough to reduce the House of Lords to rubble.”
In celebration of the fact that the plot had been spoiled, residents of London lit bonfires and celebrated throughout the night.
In the days ahead, the day would become an official holiday throughout England.
Settlers exported Guy Fawkes Night to overseas colonies, including North America, however, celebration of this holiday went out of style in the colonies at the outset of the American Revolution.
Fast-forward more than four centuries into the future and we find ourselves in a culture dominated by social media and ripe with discontent – politically, economically, socially and pretty much any other type of “ally” you can imagine!
With wars and rumors of wars raging around the globe, race-relations reaching a decades long low point and every growing mistrust of authority, anonymous protesters throughout the Western World have selected November 5, 2015, as a day to make their stand.
Dubbing the day #MillionMaskMarch, anonymous protesters wearing a mask with Fawke’s likeness (known in popular culture as the anonymous mask) are marching on cities throughout the world today, demanding an end to corrupt government, the present banking system and a litany of other griefs, ranging from Vietnam’s consumption of dog meat to American law enforcement.
Stating, “We are the revolution… We are the people… Stand tall. Depression is caused by repression,” protests in America are expected to continue through the night in Washington, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.
Organizers of the march are urging participants to protest peacefully, releasing the following Tweet:
“It is strongly encouraged that acts of violence should not condone during #MillionMaskMarch. Let’s keep everyone safe.”
Unfortunately, some protesters have not heeded the voice of the mysterious “Anonymous” agents who have demanded for peaceful protests, as protesters in central London have set a police car ablaze and fired bottle rockets at mounted police officers on horseback.
Other protesters, however, have been spotted giving money and food to the homeless during the international demonstrations.
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