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Video – Alan Moore, writer of V for Vendetta / The Watchmen, at OccupyLSX


Alan Moore visits Occupy LSX from inka stafrace on Vimeo.

Alan Moore, the writer of V for Vendetta and The Watchmen visited Occupy LSX on January 6th 2012. The image of the Guy Fawkes mask used in the comic and the film (illustrated by David Lloyd) has been widely used by the Global Occupy Movement.

Following is an excerpt of Alan Moore’s work from V for Vendetta.The complex message of his work touches many an occupier. I would to dedicate it to all our loved ones. We could not do it without you. x x x x

Evey Hammond: [voiceover] Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot… But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love… And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man… A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget.


3 Responses to “Video – Alan Moore, writer of V for Vendetta / The Watchmen, at OccupyLSX”

  1. Hey Occupylsx,
    Interesting Post, Visitors to Whitby undoubtedly enjoy the fine views, the great food, the Gothic connection and the historic Yards that seem hidden around every corner of this ancient town. However, I wonder if tourists even suspect that down one of these Yards, several centuries ago, one man was learning skills that would eventually change the map of the world…

  2. A lot of people are saying that the V mask has come to represent the “Occupy Movement” as a stand alone ideology, but alas no. The V mask has been used by many groups, and will continue to represent an Internet subgroup known as “Anonymous”. These people used the Fawkes face to represent their ideals, long before the Occupy Movement existed, when they were protesting Scientology, Internet Censorship, defending Wikileaks, promoting Revolution in Arab countries and whatever other causes they felt like throwing their incredible weight behind! Allying with such a powerful sub-culture, is obviously a bold move, but an incredibly rewarding one. The Occupy movement has benefited from this alliance and support, and will continue to do so until it achieves it’s objectives (hopefully sooner rather than later!). The confusion over the origins of the symbolism is mainly due to the mainstream media sources not wanting to talk about “Anonymous”, mainly due to a severe lack of knowledge keeping them from clarification.

    I am concerned however that it only takes a small subset of Anonymous to move in a direction, that you can not support, using your newest symbol as their age old firebrand! If you accept the branding of Anonymous, then you also have to accept being tarred with the same brush by the news media! You don’t want to know what’s in that tar…

  3. basically Guy Fawkes was a catholic who “. …planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne.” (source) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes


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