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  • Behind the Mask: Guy Fawkes Day

    Conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to plant gunpowder in the cellar of the Palace of Westminster, Nov. 5, 1605. Fawkes became involved with a group of English Catholics who planned to assassinate the Protestant King James. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England's Parliament event.
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    The arrest of Guy Fawkes. An anonymous letter sent to William Parker revealed the plot to the authorities. The king ordered a search of the House of Lords; Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder.
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    Conspirator Guy Fawkes starts to climb a ladder to the gallows on the day of his execution. The hangman waits at the top of the ladder with a noose in his hand and a masked executioner stands with an axe in his hand at the bottom of the gallows. As he climbed the ladder to the noose, Fawkes managed to jump from the scaffolding, breaking his neck in the fall and died instantly.
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    Giant effigy of Guy Fawkes on a specially built truck tours Lancashire schools teaching children how to enjoy Guy Fawkes Night safely. After the failed attempt, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the king?s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires. Parliament officially designated Nov. 5 as a day of thanksgiving and Nov. 5 became known as Guy Fawkes Night.
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    An effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on Guy Fawkes Night, Nov 5, 1952.
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    An assistant at a shop in Slough, Berkshire, holds a selection of Guy Fawkes masks, Oct. 27, 1934.
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    Hugo Weaving portrays V in the 2006 action thriller ?V for Vendetta.? The movie, based on a comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, popularized a stylized Guy Fawkes mask. In the movie, V is a freedom fighter attempting to start a revolution against the fascist regime.
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    Protesters demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology in London, April 12, 2008. In 2008, the mask became associated with the group Anonymous as they protested against the Church of Scientology. Protesters were encouraged to hide their faces to protect their identity.
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    ProtestoProtesters with masks and banners shout slogans during a demonstration in Barcelona, Oct. 15, 2011. The Occupy Movement, which was born from Occupy Wall Street, protested against corporate power and the banking system.
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    Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks sit outside tents at the Occupy London camp outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Nov. 1, 2011. As the Occupy movement spread globally, the mask appeared as a symbol of rebellion.
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    A protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask in Tahrir square during clashes with riot police, Nov. 21, 2011. The mask became a prominent feature during the Arab Spring movements of 2011.
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    A Bahraini woman wears a Guy Fawkes mask during an anti-regime rally to claim that democracy is their right and to support jailed political activists, April 12, 2013, in the village of A?ali, south of Manama. The mask, used by protesters during the Bahraini uprising, was banned in the country in February 2013 for what officials cited as concerns over public safety.
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    A street vendor sells Guy Fawkes masks on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5, 2013. Protests erupted against the ruling party, police brutality, and the destruction of Taksim park for the sake of a development project.
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    A man wearing an Anonymous mask joins demonstrators protesting against the world financial system during a march, Nov. 12, 2011, in Berlin, Germany.
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    A protester wears a mask during a demonstration in Rome, Oct. 15, 2011.
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