THE ONLINE COMMUNITY believes it us under siege after the arrests of five Anonymous suspects, according to Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye.
While stressing its opposition to illegal activity, Kaye's party says it understands why, in the face of government and corporate attacks against Wikileaks, individuals around the world want to fight back.
The party's statement on the arrests that took place across the UK yesterday talks about peoples' frustration at feeling powerless in the face of multinational corporations and governments unwilling to step in, or worse still, appear to enforce the will of corporations.
Kaye said "These arrests, and comments by [the Association of Chief Police Officers] threatening 'more extreme tactics' to deal with hacktivists represent a worrying ratcheting up of confrontation. Many in the online community frankly feel under siege. It is time for engagement from mainstream politicians, or otherwise radicalisation can only increase."
In New Scotland Yard's statement yesterday about the arrests, it explained that two of the five men were minors and the other three were a 19 year old and two who were in their twenties. These alleged Anonymous hackers were from the West Midlands, Northants, Herts, Surrey and London.
Last year Anonymous conducted attacks against companies, including banks, that refused to do business with Wikileaks and countries such as Tunisia because it blocked access to Wikileaks. µ
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