Occupy London: Countdown to Anonymous’ Night of a Thousand Masks Begins

Escalating the ongoing Occupy London protest, the Anonymous sponsored Night of a Thousand Masks is set to begin tonight, when protesters will don the iconic V-Mask and march on St. Paul's.

Breaking from its recent slew of hacks and ongoing support for the Occupy series of protests, the Anonymous collective initially put out a call to arms Monday via its AnonOps website.

Named the Night of a Thousand Masks, the call to arms was originally put out via a Facebook event created by people calling themselves Robert Proverbz Pembroke, Danny TabaNacle Hardwick and Ed Greens.

The event calls for protesters to join together on 11 November between 21:00 - 23:00 wearing the iconic V-Mask commonly associated with the Anonymous collective.

Since the event page went live the Anonymous collective has added its support, publicising a recruitment video for the protest march. Using the same speech taken from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator speech, the video appeared on the collective's AnonOps web site.

The event is set to mirror the end of Alan Moore's famous V for Vendetta comic book, which saw all of London march on Parliament to protest the corrupt, fascist government ruling it. The new Anonymous sponsored Night of a Thousand Masks seeks to replicate the scene replacing Parliament with St. Paul's.

The exact number of participants involved in the new protest is currently unknown, though London retail outlets questioned did indicate a marked increase in the number of V-masks sold.

The march is credited as being a part of the ongoing Occupy London movement. The Occupy London protest began earlier in October when, following on from the slew of other Occupy protests sweeping the globe, a number of protesters descended on St. Paul's.

The protesters had originally planned to move from St. Paul's and camp in Paternoster Square. However, during the protest's opening day police, both mounted and on foot, blocked the protesters' path to their intended campsite.

Rather than break up the protest, the police tactics led to protesters setting camp just outside the steps of St. Paul's.

The body of protesters comprising the Occupy London movement is made up of several different groups each with its own political and social ideologies. The only shared belief prominent amongst all the groups and movements is the common belief that the current global "system" only serves to the needs of the wealthy.