Russell Brand becomes face of UK's Anonymous protest

Russell Brand pictured with an Anonymous mask during the Million Mask March.
Russell Brand pictured with an Anonymous mask during the Million Mask March. Photo: @Hevallo

Comedian Russell Brand joined the London arm of the worldwide Million Mask March.

He was pictured alongside protesters and later wrote an opinion piece in The Guardian saying that riots are sparked "when dialogue fails, when they feel unrepresented and bored by the illusion".

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Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party. #MillionMaskMarch

The group, which has adopted the image of a smiling Guy Fawkes made famous by the film V for Vendetta, held Bonfire Night protests in central London that saw many of the masked demonstrators clash with police.

Officers tried to move members away from Buckingham Palace as fireworks were thrown at its gates on Pall Mall.

Fireworks fired at Buckingham Palace
Fireworks fired at Buckingham Palace Credit: PA

Later, police were filmed moving protesters from a branch of McDonalds. Some angry members of the movement retaliated by trying to regain entry to the fast food chain and were filmed chanting "scum" at the officers.

There were similar scenes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Madrid and Washington and in cities in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Just been outside Parliament to join Protest against Austerity - some great drumming - all seems peaceful - hope it stays that way #MMM

A supporter of the Anonymous movement gestures as she marches with a crowd of protesters with the US Capitol in the background.
A supporter of the Anonymous movement gestures as she marches with a crowd of protesters with the US Capitol in the background. Credit: Reuters

One activist, Sean Roesner, 21, travelled to London from King's Lynn, Norfolk, to attend the demo.

I joined Anonymous because I was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act.

I spent eight months on police bail last year and had done nothing wrong.

We are here to stand up for what we believe in, to make the world a better place.

– Anonymous member Sean Roesner
Protesters hold up a banner outside Trafalgar Square
Protesters hold up a banner outside Trafalgar Square Credit: ITV News

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