On Friday, there are plans for a huge rally at Occupy Wall Street called Night of a Thousand Masks. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. when Occupiers will don their Guy Fawkes Masks to demonstrate and protest.
The Night of a Thousand Masks originally started as a Facebook event for Londoners. However, it has spread throughout the world. The event was promoted by the loose collective of hackers known as Anonymous.
The event was planned to mimic the climax of V for Vendetta, a comic book and movie that depicts an alternate reality in which a fascist government rules England with an iron-fist. Citizens turn against their oppressors and march on Parliament wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
However, as of early Friday afternoon, many people did not appear to know about the event.
This is news to me, said one Occupier. Police officers on the beat also were unaware of the planned event.
I haven't heard of it, said another Occupier manning the information booth.
One source, supposedly a member of Anonymous, told IBTimes that he had heard rumors someone could be stopping by Zuccotti Park to drop off the Guy Fawkes masks. However, it is unknown if this event will definitely kick off at Occupy Wall Street.
In New York, it is illegal for more than three protesters to wear masks without a permit. If Anonymous comes through on their promise, this could lead to a major showdown with police. However, it is possible that the police officers would be told to remain hands-off by the Bloomberg administration.
In recent months, Anonymous has made major headlines for their actions against governments and organizations. They have allegedly attacked Israeli computers, although the government denies it, attempted to wage cyberwarfare on the Mexican drug cartel the Los Zetas and has planned an attack on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Anonymous posted a video that the event in which they quoted Charlie Chaplin's famous speech from The Great Dictator. Below is the video and notable quotes from the speech.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost