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Guy Fawkes Day and the Columbus, Ohio, protest
Anonymous gathers in the state capital with to celebrate the power of people and protest the power of government and corporations.
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The masks were made popular in the movie "V for Vendetta," but the day they commemorate goes back to the 1600s.
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“Remember, remember the fifth of November.” That’s the chant shared during Guy Fawkes Day, a British holiday which has become a time to commemorate the power of the people. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to one group that took to the streets of Columbus to spread that notion.

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The group Ohio Anonymous rallied at the Statehouse to spread one simple message to people around the state; everyone must put aside their differences, unite, and get things done.

“Nothing gets done without unity. It doesn’t matter who you are, what religion you are, what your beliefs are what your personal beliefs are. If you look around this collective right now — this group that’s standing here — you will see people of all races, of all religions,of all beliefs.”

About 30 members of the group put on their masks and walked around downtown Columbus to commemorate Nov. 5. In Britain, the day is known as Guy Fawkes Day, which observes a night in 1605 when a group of activists nearly assassinated the king. The plan was known as the Gunpowder Plot.

V for vendetta
The story was made famous by the graphic novel and motion picture, “V for Vendetta.”

V: “Tell me do you know what day it is Evey?” 
Evey: “Um, November the fourth.” 
V: “Not anymore. Remember, remember the fifth of November the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

The movie’s protagonist calls on the people of a totalitarian England to rise up and demand change, a sentiment Ohio Anonymous carried out during their march.

Rethinking the world
“We just don’t want to have people suffering around the world and that we could find a better way to do it and just maintaining the world and the economy the way it is—is maybe not the way to do that. We should re-think the whole way that we run the world and why not? Why not for the betterment of everyone — try something different?”

None of the members provided their names, an effort to continue the appearance that they all speak with one voice.

While the group’s main call was for unity, individual members shared their visions on different causes, including their opposition to what they see as corporate greed, overly aggressive laws or unfair treatment in the courts.

Steubenville attention
Ohio Anonymous is just the state’s chapter to a larger, global group that’s been criticized for pro-anarchy rhetoric and cyberattacks on governments and corporations around the world. They’ve also been known to support Wikileaks and the Occupy Movement.

Anonymous gained a lot of attention a year ago during the Steubenville rape investigation. One of its members allegedly hacked into personal accounts and re-posted pictures of the assault, saying the town was trying to cover it up -- and shining a national spotlight on the case. This serves as an example, the group says, that their cause is something to be pushed for every day.

“This isn’t just something that happens on Nov. 5th. This isn’t just pop culture. This idea —this concept or however you want to define it — is something that echoes throughout history.”

They say the fact that Guy Fawkes Day fell on Election Day was just another good reason to get their message out, and to plead with voters to do their research before they cast their ballots.

While they all represented as one unit, they had different ways of vocalizing their beliefs, including one member who voiced his opinion through rap.

“We family, stand as one that’s mad love.
The atlas you can’t shrug that’s bad blood.
Now we worldwide now, we 'bout to tear your plans up.
I think the Rockefellers need to man up.” 

 



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Make your point from a distance. Use a laptop. Anonymous didn't join in the park, people with Vendetta masks joined in the park. HUGE difference. Don't bitch about their power, TAKE IT AWAY.


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