Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
5 Nov 2013
5:02 pm

Anonymous marches in Sandton

Alex Mitchley

Members of hacktivist collective Anonymous is expected to hold protest marches in hundreds of cities across the world on Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) to highlight corruption and social injustices.

Members of Anonymous South Africa seen in protest, 05 November 2013, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Picture: Alaister Russell

The worldwide Millions Mask March is expected to spread across the globe on Guy Fawkes night in America, Japan and Australia. In South Africa, small groups were also seen wearing the Guy Fawkes masks, made famous by Alan Moore’s  V for Vendetta comic series, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

A posse of around 30 people gathered at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton to protest in solidarity with the international Anonymous community and used the day to voice their outrage on corruption, crime, poverty and other social injustices.

The crowd chanted and waved their pickets as they walked around the square then eventually dispersed.

Anonymous planned this march on a day inspired by the most infamous member of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Fawkes, along with a group of collaborators, tried to assassinate the English King King James I by blowing up the House of Lords during the opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November in order to start a revolution.

 

Members of Anonymous South Africa seen in protest, 05 November 2013, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. . Picture: Alaister Russell

Members of Anonymous South Africa seen in protest, 05 November 2013, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. . Picture: Alaister Russell

 

A total of 400 cities are expected to take part in the protest, with Facebook pages set up in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Mexico, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Serbia, Belize, Switzerland, Brazil and Poland, according to the International Business Times.

A march is expected to take place at Trafalgar Square in London at 6pm with a march to parliament. Meanwhile the headline march will take place in Washington, with members marching towards the White House.