• Tom London

    It sounds like the Occupy movement may be running out of steam in London. It is, of course, a form of protest which requires a very high level of commitment from people who have jobs and family. However, the movement can justifiably claim to have strongly influenced the public debate in a few short months. All the major parties are now at least talking about “responsible” capitalism. Time will tell what they actually mean.

    The idea that the 1% is distorting the political and economic systems is not going to disappear even if the Occupy movement is evicted or dwindles away.

  • Tim Mansel

    One of the symbols of Occupy in the UK – and perhaps in the US (?) – has been the Guy Fawkes mask worn by some of the activists on the street. This derives from a comic book series and a spin-off movie called V for Vendetta. What I found out this week is that Wael Ghonim, the Google exec who played a major role in preparing Egyptians for the “18 Days” that brought down President Mubarak last year, used the mask on a Facebook page in 2010. “I had seen the movie V for Vendetta and fallen in love with the idea of the mysterious warrior fighting against evil,” he writes in his book Revolution 2.0 that’s just out in the UK. It’s a fascinating book that documents how social media were used as a tool to get people onto the streets. The first time the Guy Fawkes mask was used as a symbol of protest? I don’t know. Anyone?

    Tim Mansel

    • Anonymous

      Interesting post. I’ve also seen it pointed out that it’s a bit ironic that the protestors have picked up on a symbol created and mass marketed by a huge corporation, in this case whatever studio produced “V for Vendetta.” Or maybe it’s ironic that a studio created such a potent symbol for revolution? I love the odd interactions between counter-culture and mainstream-culture. And what would the real Guy Fawkes think of all of this?

    • http://latitudenews.com/ Latitude News

      and it’s also been used all week in protests in Poland against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international treaty that is similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act that got tabled in the US. ACTA, however, WAS signed by the US last year. The Polish government signed this week and then the protests erupted – there have been demos in cities across the country and also in parliament – all of them with the Vendetta mask http://wyborcza.pl/51,75248,11044508.html?i=0

  • Anonymous

    Good question, Tim. I noticed people in Hong Kong wearing it to protest during the Wukan Village occupation. http://www.latitudenews.com/story/anxious-about-china-so-are-the-chinese/

  • Tim Mansel

    Jan 31, Cairo. Guy Fawkes mask spotted at one of the ongoing protests here against the military government.

  • Tim Mansel

    Graffiti on a wall in Cairo.

  • http://latitudenews.com/ Latitude News

    Vendetta in stencil – great! thanks for sending the picture!