Last night in London, hundreds of protestors wearing the Guy Fawkes mask associated with the Anonymous movement took to Parliament and Buckingham Palace to protest austerity cuts, state surveillance, and corruption.
During the Million Mask March, clashes between the protestors and the police took place, and there have reportedly been 11 arrests. A fire was also started by the Victoria Memorial, near the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Russell Brand was spotted in the crowd, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas had tweeted to say that she was also involved in the protest.
CROWD STAYING PUT DESPITE HEAVY POLICE PRESSURE. #Anonymous HOLDS CENTRE GROUND l Via @arbolioto #MMM #London #Nov5th
The homies in #London are doin it big #millionmaskmarch #Anonymous l #Nov5th
RT @AnonQC: Great pic from tonight #MillionMaskMarch in Canada, this one coming from from #LdnOnt via @occupyLdnOnt
Here’s a photo of Russell Brand at the protests:
Was Russell Brand @rustyrockets really at #MillionMaskMarch? Where you? http://t.co/QTe0a74cQZ pic. via @Hevallo
The protest was part of a worldwide Anonymous protest, with similar events taking place in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, as well as cities such as Rio de Janerio, Dublin, and Warsaw.
RT @TheAnonReporter: #Canada at the moment! - . Let’s not get arrested ladies and gents. #Anonymous l #Nov5th l #Millâ€¦
RT @PMbeers: They are staying all night at the LAPD Headquarters. Send Pizza and water.
Many pointed out the lack of mainstream media coverage during the protests:
400 cities, 150 countries. 0 media coverage. But if Miley Cyrus makes a sex tape shiiiiiiieeet #MMM #Anonymous
Currently streets of London are under heavy DDoS attack by Anonymous. Sold media is silence/down.
Mainstream media doesn’t post true revolutionary sht, NYT, Gaurdian ect were posting anonymous videos like a bat out of hell.
Any of the Big Ten Media outfits reporting on #Anonymous #MillionMaskMarch ?
Rev. Paul Farnhill
One of tonight’s #newsnight topics should be whether main stream media has any place in a social media world #Anonymous #MillionMaskMarch
There were 11 arrests in London, with many reports of other arrests happening in the U.S., especially outside The White House:
Parliament Square is shut is it on the news ;-) #Anonymous #London #MillionMaskMarch
Arrests reported at #MillionMaskMarch in Washington DC http://t.co/9rvDP564PT
RT @OGPAKI: ANONYMOUS MEMBER ARRESTED FOR HANDING OUT MALWARE LEAFLETS. PLEASE RUN ANTI-MALWARE.
Arrest undeway at White House #MillionMaskMarch #Anonymous #Nov5th — via @tatzanx
A Facebook page for the protests called for its supporters to “defend humanity,” adding:
“Remember who your enemies are: Billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice.”