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Topic - Guy Fawkes
Several hundred protesters wearing masks have gathered outside the British Parliament to mark Guy Fawkes night.
Look at a photo or news clip from around the world of Occupy protesters and you'll likely spot a handful of people wearing masks of a cartoonlike man with a pointy beard, a closed-mouth smile and mysterious eyes.
"Remember, remember, the fifth of November." The 400-year-old story of Guy Fawkes and other plotters' failure to blow up London's Parliament is traditionally marked in Britain with this schoolchildren's rhyme, bonfires and mulled wine at fun fairs.
About 200 protesters, many from London's anti-capitalist Occupy movement, marched to Parliament on Guy Fawkes Day, the annual commemoration of the English revolutionary who tried to blow up the building in the 17th century.
Look at a photo or news clip from around the world of Occupy protesters and you'll likely spot a handful of people wearing masks of a cartoon-like man with a pointy beard, closed-mouth smile and mysterious eyes.
"People hide behind the masks, put the masks on and their identity is hidden. Therefore, they can do a lot more than they would if they didn't have the masks," he said, after emerging sleepy-eyed from his tent.
In the years immediately after his execution, Nov. 5 was England's official celebration for defeating Fawkes, said Mr. Call, who has written about the nexus of Fawkes, "V for Vendetta" and modern-day protests.