Everyone is still remembering the 5th of November, with several events and incidents occurring to commemorate the infamous holiday.
Comic book author, Alan Moore, who created the Guy Fawkes inspired main character in his V for Vendetta series has released a song in honor of the UK’s Occupy movement, The Guardian reports.
The song, called “The Decline of English Murder,” was written and performed by Moore, with music by Joe Brown. The song was released on Occupation Records, a label developed through the protests. The song serves at the leading single for the label’s second album, according to NME.
Moore’s character V has become the face of rebellion in modern times. The unknown man always donning a Fawkes style mask was brought to life in the 2005 film, “V for Vendetta,” in which V successfully blows up the British Parliament building in the name of revolution, in a near future dystopian society.
The mask has been used as a symbol against tyranny by political groups such as Libertarians and anarchists, as well as by participants in Occupy movements around the world.
The “hacktivist” group Anonymous, known for their protests and rebellion against online censorship, also uses the mask.
On Nov. 4, the group hacked and defaced several web pages in the NBC.com network as well as the Lady Gaga fan site Gaga Daily, Ars Technica reports.
According to Time, Anonymous claims it has plans to hack popular social media website, Facebook.com on Nov. 5, unless its affiliate gaming company, Zynga halts its plans to lay off 1,000 employees.
The group reportedly threatened to close down Facebook on Nov. 5, 2011; but was not successful.
Anonymous factions are also expected to march on The Houses of Parliament in London, on the evening of Nov. 5, symbolically recreating the final scene in “V for Vendetta.” NME says up 5000 protestors are expected to show up.
Though the message behind Guy Fawkes Day has greatly evolved over the years, many still remember and commemorate its original history.
Fawkes was a Catholic radical who was arrested for attempting to blow up the English Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605 and consequentially executed for his crime of treason.
Many Britons see Fawkes less as a symbol of rebellion, and more of a cautionary tale, “celebrating his failure.”
Dan Chappell, a sophomore international student at the University of Illinois, originally from Great Britain, says he has celebrated Guy Fawkes Day, also called Bonfire Night, at home.
“On Bonfire Night ... you would build a bonfire and then have an effigy of Guy Fawkes, use old clothes, like a scarecrow,” Chappell said. “Then you would actually burn this figure on the bonfire, so it’s kind of rejecting Guy Fawkes,” he told The Daily Illini.
Bonfire Night activities include fireworks and others reminiscent of American July 4., or Halloween.