HACKTIVIST COLLECTIVE Anonymous has clarified its aims in the occupation of the US financial district Wall Street and promised not to leave the area until it has "Freedom".
We reported earlier that the group would join the Adbusters and Culture Jammers S17 campaign and now Anonymous has added its own twist to the proceedings with a defiant message, the Twitter hashtag #yeswecamp, and its long term plans for the area.
"Anonymous will flood into lower Manhattan," it said in a Youtube video release, and will set up barricades as part of its peaceful protest.
It has one simple demand, it said, that it will repeat while it is there - "Freedom" - and is prepared to stay in place for "many months," if that is what it takes. "The abuse from corporations banks and governments ends here," it added, as it reminded us that it is legion, does not forgive and does not forget.
The Wall Street occupation is set for 17 September, and the event, along with others including one in the UK in October that has the name Operation Unity, sees the group continue its move away from pure technology assaults on firms and towards collaboration with other activists, much like the way it has supported Wikileaks.
Most recently it organised protests in San Francisco against the Bay Area Transit Authority (BART), and there, as is expected at Wall Street, the event was mostly peaceful.
"If we can pull together just the right mix of nonviolence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution we've all been dreaming about for so long ... wouldn't that be lovely," said Culture Jammers in an earlier statement as it welcomed the addition of Anonymous. µ
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