Masked protestors march through downtown Knoxville

Masked protestors march through downtown Knoxville

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More than 50 masked protestors gathered in World's Fair Park Tuesday morning for the Million Mask March More than 50 masked protestors gathered in World's Fair Park Tuesday morning for the Million Mask March
"We just want this country to actually be free and be a part of something that's not being controlled by somebody else," said an anonymous protestor. "We just want this country to actually be free and be a part of something that's not being controlled by somebody else," said an anonymous protestor.
The protestors want a number of things to change including better minimum wages and the controversy surrounding the NSA. The protestors want a number of things to change including better minimum wages and the controversy surrounding the NSA.
"We just want our voices to be heard. That's why we wear these masks, simply to have our voices out there without everyone looking down on us for it," said an anonymous protestor. "We just want our voices to be heard. That's why we wear these masks, simply to have our voices out there without everyone looking down on us for it," said an anonymous protestor.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - More than 50 masked protestors gathered in World's Fair Park Tuesday morning for the Million Mask March. It was all a part of a much larger global protest.

If you drove by the park you may have thought Halloween came late. Masked people of all ages were gathered on the lawn for the protest.

The protest united those who support Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Pirate Party, the Occupy Movement and other groups seeking social justice.

"We're not here to cause any kinds of problems," said one protestor. "We're not here to cause any kind of violence. We're just here to show we are in support of the people."

There was a noticeable police presence due to problems raised at other similar marches across the country. However, those involved locally say their purpose is simply to give a voice back to those whose voice has been taken away by the government.

"We just want this country to actually be free and be a part of something that's not being controlled by somebody else," said the protestor.

"Just letting them know we are not blind to the corruption," added another protestor. "We want things to change."

That change can be anything from better minimum wages to the controversy surrounding the NSA.

"We just want our voices to be heard. That's why we wear these masks, simply to have our voices out there without everyone looking down on us for it," said an anonymous protestor.

"Maybe one day in the future, if this all goes well, we can actually take these masks off and actually voice our opinions. But until then, these masks pretty much are our voices because we have to wear these masks in order to keep safe."

The group marched from World's Fair Park through downtown and past government buildings to make sure their voices were heard.     

Similar protests were held in more than 300 other locations around the world, the largest of which was expected to take place in Washington, D.C.

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