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UPDATE: Million Mask March coming to OKC on Nov. 5th

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OKLAHOMA CITY – “Remember, remember the 5th of November.”

For folks who saw the film V for Vendetta, they would recognize that line of English verse as having to do with the Nov. 5, 1605 Gunpowder Plot, where Catholic radical Guy Fawkes and some of his comrades attempted to blow up England’s House of Parliament in London.

Their plot was foiled, however, and the Protestant King James I survived and from then on the celebration of the failure of the Guy Fawkes bomb plot was observed on Nov. 5th each year, although it would take on ugly anti-Catholic overtones over the years, although that is not noted these days.

Fast-forward 410 years and we see that the day known as Guy Fawkes Day, Gunpowder Treason Day and Fireworks Day.

Here in the United States, in recent years, the Guy Fawkes mask, as seen on V for Vendetta, has become popular at political protests and those preferring anonymity. The hacktivist collective Anonymous has also embraced the Guy Fawkes mask as their online identity.

Well, Red Dirt Report learned this week that on the 5th of November – just two days from now – there will be a “Million Mask March OKC” organized by anonymous individuals and scheduled for downtown Oklahoma City between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

Similar marches are happening around the world, according to England, in particular, is preparing for what may happen on the 5th of November, according to this story. Here in the U.S., Anonymous unmasked secret members of the Ku Klux Klan, including U.S. mayors and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Dan Coats of Indiana and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. All have denied any connections to the KKK.

There's still much more to do, according to Anonymous, particularly this week.

Notes "And this November 5, Anonymous is celebrating by saying it will make three different raids: an attack on the social media giant Facebook, a physical protest against banks, and an assault on right-wing news network Fox News."

From the information on their Facebook page, which can be found here, this is not an anarchist march. Rather, it is a march “to bring back a government that will protect our freedom and (our) rights.”

The organizers add that this march is to give “our children and our children’s children a fighting chance” as America continues to “be torn further apart” and we, as a nation, “fall deeper into the black hole that our current government is digging.”

This is a peaceful, weapons-free march and protest and not a “riot.”

Towards the end of the post, they note: “This is the first step to take back our freedom and we must all work together and stay on the same page.”

It is not clear what “staying on the same page” means or how a new government will be created.

And whether or not it will be downtown, or at the Oklahoma State Capitol remains to be seen.

Red Dirt Report was unsuccessful in reaching anyone involved with the Million Mask March OKC or Oklahoma Anonymous News for comment.

Get those permits, “guys”!

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: (November 4, 2015 2:55 p.m.): Following messages on the Million Mask March OKC Facebook page, it appears that there will not be an organized 5 Nov protest here in Oklahoma City as planned. Apparently the proper permits were not acquired and some are planning to go to Dallas instead. 

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