Date
26 September 2017
Guy Fawkes Day was celebrated Wednesday by a group of protesters wearing the distinctive white mask. Photo: RTHK
Guy Fawkes Day was celebrated Wednesday by a group of protesters wearing the distinctive white mask. Photo: RTHK

Guy Fawkes lookalikes launch protest movement

Guy Fawkes has just made an appearance in the Hong Kong street protests.

But the failed 16th century English plotter was just a mask of himself when his likeness sprang up in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

A group of 30 people showed up Wednesday behind the distinctive white camouflage in support of a movement called Million Mask March to mark Guy Fawkes Day, according to Apple Daily.

The protest sites have been attracting side shows since musician Kenny G posed with pro-democracy protesters in what he later said was a tourist selfie.

The attractions included a touristy President Xi Jinping in a cardboard cutout, complete with a yellow umbrella and luggage, and a group cartoon characters.  

The masked marchers headed to government headquarters shouting “we want universal suffrage”.  

Police ordered them to leave, saying their assembly was illegal.

In Mong Kok and Causway Bay, scuffles broke out between Guy Fawkes lookalikes and the police and arrests were made, the report said.

One protester said the march was intended to raise public awareness of democracy, warning about a totalitarian society depicted in the movie V for Vendetta.

He said they plan to gather in Central when they have enough numbers.

Steve Hui, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Bureau, warned people against the movement, saying they should keep away from any illegal activities.

Police have stepped up patrols in the protest areas. On Thursday morning, three men were arrested in Mong Kok, government broadcaster RTHK reported.

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Journalists crowd a Mong Kok protest site where Guy Fawkes lookalikes have launched a movement. Photo: RTHK


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