Violence and low numbers plagued some of the Million Mask March protests on Thursday.
The Million Mask March on November 5th had mixed outcomes around the globe. Although there were small turnouts in some places, others had large numbers and even some instances of violence. Over fifty people were arrested in London during the protests. In a blog post on Sunday, Anonymous condemned the violence saying, "One of the main things those of us who stand with Anonymous movement have in common is that we're angry with the current state of our nations and the world, however losing our tempers reflects badly on the cause."
Anonymous says it tries to set an example for society which is why it is important for them to self-regulate the protests. In the vein of setting an example, many protesters stopped to give money and food to homeless people along their route. Vice interviewed a protester in London who explained their reason for protesting stating, “There is no “great” in Great Britain. Britain is Broke. Britain is fractured. Corruption. Elitism. Do not think that behind the mask we have no knowledge. We have more knowledge than you will ever know.”
Some locations had disappointingly small numbers. One protester who identifies as Flu5ch wrote, “Well MMM is over here… And I have to say I was extremely disappointed…. Last year we managed to get around 4,000 people! But this year…. around 25…. No joke, 25! And the other city near me which had a few thousand last year, only had about 50.” Regardless of the low numbers, Anonymous seems confident that their community will continue to grow. Their website says that “as more citizens around the world awaken from their reality TV, Justin Bieber, fast-food induced slumbers,” their numbers will increase with time.
-Bronte P., The OTG Team
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