Grassroots protest against "the corruption of the political class" showed its global face again on Guy Fawkes Night.
Demonstrators wearing the white-faced masks used by the Occupy movement and hacktivist network Anonymous took part in hundreds of protests gatherings around the world last night and this morning (6 November 2013).
Diverse events had been planned in over 450 cities under the billing "Million Mask March". 7 billion people to 1,400 billionaires is 5,000,000 to 1, organisers pointed out.
One of the biggest gatherings took place near Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in central London, moving on to Parliament Square.
Comedian and broadcaster Russell Brand, who recently appeared on the BBC flagship Newsnight television programme to call for a "spiritual revolution" and a "complete revolution" against the present system, was among those present.
"Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party," Brand declared on social media site on Twitter, employing the #MillionMaskMarch hashtag.
In Parliament Square, protesters burned energy bills to oppose the rising cost of fuel.
Those protesting in London were boosted by a gathering on Westminster Bridge organised by the People's Assembly, an anti-cuts umbrella group whose "Bonfire of Austerity" was addressed by MPs Caroline Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn and Jon McDonnell, among others.
In the USA, protesters in Washington DC gathered at the Washington Monument before walking to the White House. Other demonstrations took place in Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Paris, Chicago, Sydney and Dundee.
Facebook pages for the event described it as a "Call for Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Pirate Party, Occupy and Oath Keepers to defend humanity".
"Remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice," the promotional pitch concluded.
Another site declared: "All who claim anyone is in charge of Million Mask March knows little of Anonymous. There is no official site, and nobody is in charge: it’s a movement, not an organisation."
Much of the mainstream media was caught by surprise at the proliferation of protest events.
* Million Mask March London on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchLondon
* Global: http://millionmaskmarch.org