A brief history of the Guy Fawkes mask and how the mask evolved into an unlikely global symbol of rebellion

Rise Up Times

As you’ve likely noticed, over the past few years the stylized mask of Guy Fawkes has evolved into a global symbol of dissent, employed by everyone from shadowy computer hackers to Turkish airline workers.  Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England on November 5th with bonfire festivals.  

By    TheWeek.com   July 3, 2013

Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the gunpowder plot to destroy the U.K.'s Houses of Parliament.Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the gunpowder plot to destroy the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past decade, dissidents across the globe have appropriated the visage of Guy Fawkes,the infamous insurgent who tried to blow up the British Parliament in 1605, warping the once-reviled fringe rebel into a widespread symbol of resistance.

The iconic version of the Guy Fawkes mask owes its popularity to the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta, which centers on a vigilante’s efforts to destroy an authoritarian government in a…

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