An estimated 2,000 people gathered in Trafalgar square on Monday night before marching to Parliament in a reenactment of the iconic scene in V for Vendetta.
The protest, organised by international hacktivism collective, Anonymous, was intended to warn the government about a number of issues including austerity measures, spending cuts and the continued detention of ’political prisoners’ including Richard O’Dwyer and Julian Assange.
A statement released by the group explains:
At 8pm on November 5th 2012, Anonymous will march on The Houses of Parliament peacefully and unarmed. This is the centrepiece of a worldwide Anonymous operation of global strength and solidarity, a warning to all governments worldwide that if they keep trying to censor, cut, imprison, or silence the free world or the free internet they will not be our governments for much longer. Change is coming.
The Demands of the UK collective: Stop the education, health and welfare cuts; Cut the causes of the problems, don’t cause more. ’Austerity measures’ targeting vulnerable areas of the economy and society must be stopped. Bank support and bailouts using the taxpayers money must end.
Recognise the internet as an independent, self-governing, self-managing entity; An entity that is not, and will never be, controlled. The rights of internet users to protect their privacy must be respected. Web monitoring programs including, but not limited to, the Communications Data Bill CM 8359 should be withdrawn and no more should be proposed. 71% of UK Citizens are against the Bill, and its £1.8bn cost could be better spent. Suppression of free speech and censorship of the Internet must never be allowed.
FREE ANONS; Activists held as political prisoners must be released, including Richard O’Dwyer, Julian Assange, PayPal 14, Jeremy Hammond, Topiary and the 4 anons of the UK that will stand trial on November 7th. They must be pardoned and their full civil liberties restored. Whistleblowers should be protected, not punished. Defend the right to protest. Distributed Denial of Service must be recognised as a legitimate form of protest, as long as an aim and reason has been specified by the protestors.
Recently, we have seen the privatisation of every aspect of Government and placing companies that put profit before justice into positions of power is immoral and unethical. All corporations are quickly moving on to private land or government safe zones - this is an attack on freedom of speech and we will not consent to designated protest zones.
RT London Bureau’s photo shows police stopping OpVendetta march from entering the House of Parliament on November 5, 2012
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.
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