Million Mask Marchers Hurl Fireworks and Smoke Bombs in London

The marchers walked through central London.

ByABC News
November 5, 2015, 7:24 PM

— -- Thousands of protesters, donning Guy Fawkes masks walked through the streets of central London on Thursday evening, throwing fireworks and smoke bombs in a protest organized by the anti-capitalist, anti-censorship group Anonymous.

In the United Kingdom, Nov. 5 is also Bonfire Night, commemorating the execution of Guy Fawkes, a 17th-century Roman Catholic terrorist who was executed after attempting to assassinate the king and blow up the House of Lords.

The protesters began in Trafalgar Square and at one point surrounded the star-studded premiere of "Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," where members of the cast posed on the red carpet.

Thousands gravitated to the night’s rally with unique reasons for attending. Simon Harlock was rallying against government infringements on freedom of speech and information. “[Edward Snowden and Julian Assange] are my heroes,” he said.

Vicky said she and her friend Paul were marching against England’s “elite, conservative” government.