Why Masks Depicting England’s Guy Fawkes Were Banned in Saudi Arabia

Guy Fawkes masks have become a symbol of anarchy and protest against tyranny, seen here during a protest in Madrid. Source: Daniel López García / CC BY 2.0

With its highly-stylized moustache, the so-called Anonymous mask has featured in multiple protests across the globe. Described by the Fair Observer as “a staple of anti-authoritarian activist iconography,” the mask has been present at events in Moscow, London and Egypt’s Tahrir Square. 



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