Anonymous: The Movement Behind An Identifier, A Global Emblem – The Mask


The Guy Fawkes mask is a symbol of anonymity. For hacktivists around the world, the smirking mask has become a symbol of empowerment, equality, justice and the promise of change. The mask is an identifier of like-minded people; it stands for justice, integrity and independence.

Anonymous activists say, “The mask is a representation of you, me, everyone, we’re equal, I don’t have to look at the color of your skin, of the color of your hair, how you are dressed like, I see the mask and everyone becomes equal.”

The mask was first used by Anonymous in 2008 at the Project Chanology protest against the Church of Scientology, for forcing YouTube to remove a video of Tom Cruise discussing Scientology that was meant for internal use within the Church. The protesters wore the masks to demonstrate without being harassed.


In 2009, protesters wearing the mask exploded a fake barrel of gunpowder outside Parliament while protesting over the issue of British MPs’ expenses. During the 2011 Wisconsin protests, during the subsequent Occupy Wall Street and the ongoing Occupy Movement, the mask appeared internationally as a symbol of popular rebellion. The Huffington Post acknowledged that the Vendetta masks had now become a “symbol of the movement.” The masks were used by anti-government protesters in Thailand, in 2012, and Turkey, Brazil and Egypt in 2013.

On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes, a 17th-century Roman Catholic terrorist, was captured; Anonymous activists on November 5, 2014, organised the London faction of the Million Mask March outside the Houses of Parliament against corporate greed and government overreach.

The mask is spreading across the world and becoming a globally recognized emblem.



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  1. Nice work guys! Help me get my message out so we can take our country back and cultivate liberty once again ! Frank DeCota for President 2016. Thank you !

  2. I suspect the mask was also adopted via its use in the movie ‘V for Vendetta’. That great movie adaptation of an 80s comic strip, had some very pertinent themes surrounding centralised government, conspiracy, cover ups, abuse of power and the list goes on.

  3. The Guy Fawkes mask was chosen by Anonymous back in 2008 for three reasons:
    1. it was widely available
    2. V for Vendetta
    3. Epic Fail Guy (because Anonymous thought that the protests would turn into fail)

  4. The mask was just a meme and it stuck. It works great to attract the masses anyway. Anonymous means only anonimity and nothing else.


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