Who Was The Treasonous Historical Figure That Is Being Resurrected As An Icon Of Hope?

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“Sometimes ‘legal’ and ‘ethical’ are on opposite sides of the spectrum…”

The hacker collective known as “Anonymous” takes its characteristic mask from the movie “V for Vendetta”, wherein a poetic vigilante fights for truth and vengeance against a corrupt government.  The mask comes from England, where Guy Fawkes’ Night (5th November) is usually celebrated with bonfires set by people who wear such masks… made to look like old woodcuts of the (in)famous rebel caught trying to destroy Parliament in 1605.  It was once a celebration of the government’s ability to foil the Gunpowder Plot… but has recently been resurrected as the precise opposite.

“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November: the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot…”

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