In a brief video published to YouTube this week, a masked member of hacktivist group “Anonymous” claimed the “99 percent” movement behind “Occupy Wall Street” has now spread to 30 U.S. cities ahead of a series of nation-wide actions.
“Everyone, everywhere, will be occupying their towns, their capitals and other public spaces,” the protester said. “Already we have made tremendous progress. In just a little over a week, ‘Occupy’ initiatives have sprung up in over 30 U.S. cities.
“This is now bigger than you, or me. It is about us, a collective 99 percent that will no longer stand for the corruption, greed and inequality that is rampant in our governing bodies.”
Federal authorities warned this week that “Anonymous,” which has encouraged the protests but does not represent them, will likely use the protests as a motivation for continued cyber attacks on targets seen as antagonistic to the cause.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a prepared statements that Anonymous “will continue to exploit vulnerable publicly available web servers, computer networks and other digital information mediums for the foreseeable future.”
“They have legitimate grievances — they have reasons to be upset with the way the Internet works — but sometimes the way they put that out there isn’t beneficial,” he said.
“99 percent” activists in cities other than New York have begun calling their effort “Occupy Together.” They’re listing each city’s planned protest on their website and offering a set of online tools to help others organize even more.
“What are our demands, you ask?” the Anonymous spokesman concluded in the group’s latest video. “They are simple: they are the same as yours.”
For a long list of the reasons why people are joining the “99 percent,” read some of the posts on the group’s Tumblr, where letters from the activists are being archived.
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in Cambridge, MA in 2004, Raw Story reaches more than 2 million unique readers per month and serves more than 11.4 million pageviews. Recent focal points have included Occupy Wall Street, Wikileaks, wiretapping and judicial abuse.