Guy Fawkes masks, used by many demonstrators in protests around the world and in the recent wave of demonstrations in Brazil, are pictured at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro June 28, 2013.
Remember, rememberthe 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot …”
Guy Fawkes masks, immortalised in the movie “V for Vendetta,” have become a global symbol of protest and anonymity through the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Arab Spring.
“The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny — and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way,” British graphic novel artist David Lloyd, the man who created the original image of the mask for a comic strip written by Alan Moore, told BBC.
“My feeling is the Anonymous group needed an all-purpose image to hide their identity and also symbolise that they stand for individualism — V for Vendetta is a story about one person against the system,” Lloyd told BBC.
Reuters notes that these masks in Brazil are manufactured for sale to stores specializing in costumes.
An interesting note is that Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world and parent of Warner Brothers,
owns the rights to the imageand is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask.
In 2011 purported members of Anonymous told CNN that activists were ordering masks mass-produced and shipped in from Asia so that Time Warner didn’t receive the loyalties.
A Guy Fawkes mask (C), used by many demonstrators in protests around the world and in the recent wave of demonstrations in Brazil, hangs on a wall next to various other masks of Brazilian politicians, at a factory in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro on June 28, 2013.
Here they are in Bahrain:
Up to Mexico:
At labour protests in Portugal:
And in Turkey:
Fawkes even made it out to the capital of Syria:
And, of course, Occupy Wall Street:
Another look at the Brazilian factory:
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