LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Participants of an event being dubbed the “Million Mask March” are on the National Mall today, Guy Fawkes Day.
Fawkes was a British Catholic who participated in an early 17th century plot to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James, a Protestant. He was eventually hanged. Since then, his likeness has become symbolic of anti-capitalism and rebellion partially because of its use in the graphic novel V For Vendetta, and a 2006 film based on the book. Some Occupy Wall Street protesters and members of the online hacktivist group Anonymous have famously donned Fawkes masks.
PHOTOS: ‘Million Mask March’ in D.C.
Million Mask March attendees were encouraged to come dressed as Fawkes, as well.
“Remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice,” the event website says.
While the main march was planned to take place near the Washington Monument, hundreds of similar events are planned across the country and the globe.
The Facebook page for the “peaceful march” lists the issues that organizers are trying to draw attention to, including government, education reform, war and constitutional rights.
The description of the event ends with the quote “FREE BRADLEY MANNING!”