Carnival Mask Makers Churn Out ‘Anonymous’ Masks Ahead of Rio Protest

Created: 2013-06-29 17:07 EST

Category: World > South America

Carnival mask makers in Rio de Janeiro are scrambling to meet demand for the Guy Fawkes masks that have become so popular with protesters, in the wave of demonstrations that have swept Brazil in recent weeks.

What is being called the 'Anonymous' mask, and Brazilian flags worn like capes, have been the ubiquitous emblems of the movement initially sparked by a small protest against higher public transportation fares in Sao Paulo.

Local factory owner Olga Gilbert Huch, said the mask unites people under a common banner.

During carnival season, Olga and the 25 people she employs churn out more than 300,000 masks and costumes.

The factory normally specializes in masks of famous Brazilian and international figures.

She says they have been more than happy to try and keep up with the unexpected demand.

Although the protesters have a multitude of grievances, one of their main complaints has been the contrast between shiny new stadiums built for the 2014 World Cup, and the poor state of public services including health, education and transport.

Protesters, who have used the Confederations Cup as a platform for announcing their cause, are gearing up for the final day of the tournament when host Brazil faces off against current world champion Spain, in Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium on Sunday (June 30).