Remember, remember, the 5th of November. That’s the refrain that’s sending the “5th of November” to the top of the trending lists on Twitter. But what exactly is all the fuss about the “5th of November,” and how is Guy Fawkes and Anonymous hacktivists related to the date? First off, November 5 is the day that the Anonymous group has pledged to reveal the real list of KKK members unmasked, unlike the previous list of alleged KKK members that was released on Pastebin and widely refuted prior to November 5.
As of this writing, the 5th of November topic has garnered 16,500 tweets about the trend, according to Twitter. According to several Anonymous news-related Twitter accounts, the outing of 1,000 KKK members will happen on November 5.
Another big part of the 5th of November involves the “Million Mask March” and Bonfire Night, as reported by the Telegraph. Large groups of people plan to take to the streets wearing Guy Fawkes masks, the man who represents their hero for his rebellious actions of trying to blow up the House of Parliament.
“This 5th of November, Anonymous will take to the streets in hundreds of cities around the world in its annual Million Mask March. The collective has coordinated this global event with thousands of participants since 2012. The message for this year’s Million Mask March is building a better future through collective action.”
According to RT, the Anonymous army plans to take to the streets of hundreds of cities in order to protest against the abuses of human rights and to champion other causes that the group finds important.
“Anonymous has accomplished much in its seven-year tenure as an unorthodox activist network. Beginning with its protests against the Church of Scientology, which united tens of thousands of hackers, trolls, writers, activists, artists, and internet denizens against an international organization accused of serious human rights abuses and strong-arm tactics against critics, Anonymous branched out to other causes in the 2010s.”
Another hashtag that’s popular on the 5th of November is #MMM, which is the Million Mask March acronym. The hashtag #BonfireNight has received 22,700 tweets about the trend on Twitter, sending it to the top of the Twitter trending list as well.
“Their familiar Guy Fawkes masks were a potent symbol in the fight against Internet censorship, when members of Polish parliament donned paper masks in solidarity with protesters.”
Previously, demonstrators have donned their Fawkes masks during all sorts of protests, such as one Occupy Congress protest near the White House. That particular event happened on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol on January 17, 2012. With Bonfire Night growing in popularity, the trend has spread from its original roots, but the urge to remain safe on the 5th of November is another popular refrain heard across the Internet. Peaceful protests are one thing, but burning down things are quite another matter altogether.
As reported by the Gloucester Citizen, those who want to celebrate Bonfire Night on November 5 can take precautions to ensure their bonfires remain safe, such as not using fire accelerates and the like. Other tips include keeping a close eye on kids and pets, as well as making sure to keep plenty of buckets of water nearby fires and to fully put out the fire when Bonfire Night is done in order to prevent unintentional fire damage and loss of life.
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