There’s going to be a march in central London tonight, and police say there's a chance it could turn nasty. The Million Mask March, an Anonymous-organised, anti-capitalist protest that takes place on 5 November each year, is set to kick off at Trafalgar Square at 6pm this evening.
The official Facebook event suggests that as many as 20,000 creepy-Guy-Fawkes-mask-wearing demonstrators will hit the streets, and officials are hoping for a stress-free night. While most people attending will no doubt be on their best behaviour, there's always a handful that can't resist a bit of argy-bargy.
The collective, which is known for its hatred of The Man, is expected to be especially irate this week, following the unveiling of the draft Investigatory Powers bill, whereby spies and officers will be able to access records of our online communications, as well as tap into our phones and computers.
"The police are not your friends,” reads the event description. “This goes for police liaison officers too, they're simply a 'friendly face' who collect intelligence. Keep an eye out for your comrades and police tactics that will limit movement, the hive mind should stay vigilant."
The Met has warned protesters that proceedings must take place between 6pm and 9pm, and must be limited to a particular area within Central London. Officers also insist they can remove masks when they think violence might break out.