Published time: November 05, 2012 17:58
Edited time: November 06, 2012 02:33
Reuters/Paul Hanna

Reuters/Paul Hanna

A worldwide day of protests and cyber attacks against governments, banks and security firms has been launched by Hacker collective Anonymous to mark Guy Fawkes Day. Hundreds of people marched in London, while another rally hit Washington, DC.

Around 200 Anonymous supporters, according to RT’s London Bureau, assembled in London’s Trafalgar Square for Operation Vendetta, a march to the Houses of Parliament. The group itself claims over 9,000 people joined the action.

The demonstrators were carrying banners reading, “We are Anonymous. We are the legion” or “Stop creating imaginary debt!”  At the Houses of Parliament they were stopped by police.

Minor scuffles broke out outside parliament as a few protestors attempted to push police lines back, but the bulk of OpVendetta remained peaceful.

RT London Bureau’s photo shows police stopping OpVendetta march from entering the House of Parliament on November 5, 2012 (Image from twitter.com)

RT London Bureau’s photo shows police stopping OpVendetta march from entering the House of Parliament on November 5, 2012 (Image from twitter.com)

The “march, strike and protest” in London, as well as a similar event planned outside of the US White House in Washington are meant to pay homage to the 2005 film V for Vendetta.

“On November 5th 2012 WE THE PEOPLE will march on Washington DC peacefully and unarmed to arrest all members of congress, the president, and all supreme court justices where they will be held without bond until a full independent investigation and trial have been completed. We must re-elect our government within 90 days in order to stave of unrest,” organizers behind the march announced.

Image by RT’s Sara Firth OpVendetta march participants gathering at the House of Parliament in London on November 5, 2012 (Image from twitter.com)

Image by RT’s Sara Firth OpVendetta march participants gathering at the House of Parliament in London on November 5, 2012 (Image from twitter.com)

A rash of cyber attacks were reported on Monday in line with the the 5th of November “V For Vendetta” inspired hacking spree.

Several Australian government sites were targeted during the global day of protest, while Argentina’s government bank was also reportedly hacked.

An attack on Internet security firm Symantec was originally attributed to the hacktivist collective, but a non-Anonymous affiliated group called @Doxbin later claimed responsibility for taking their site down.

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