The collective behind the global protest that will occur on November 5th in over 150 countries launched a YouTube video today to raise awareness of the march.
Organizer of the Washington, D.C. event, John Fairhurst, explained that, as with many things within Anonymous, the event has taken on a life of its own. Saying that there are whole websites dedicated to the event, which he has no direct affiliation with.
Anonymous is a leaderless collective that thrives on ideas, and once an idea is proposed and accepted, the originator of that idea steps back into the faceless crowd of supporters and joins everyone else that has elected to support the idea. The idea of a global march occurring simultaneously in cities around the world resonated within Anonymous.
There are publicly organized protests occurring in over 50 U.S. cities and in almost every developed nation’s capital. The collective has established an event map to keep track of the different demonstration sites. Many countries where open protesting is prohibited have been organizing their events in secret and are not included on the map. Fairhurst always stresses that the demonstrators will be peaceful. A variety of different causes will be represented; subgroups will be protesting the treatment of veterans, GMOs, the World Bank, the Federal Reserve system, Wall Street corruption, the militarization of police and police brutality, the wars, and a large mix of other causes. Anonymous has extended an open invitation to the Oath Keepers, Occupy, and many other national advocacy groups. Events in other countries will have protesters representing concerns specific to their nation.
The main purpose of the event is to draw attention to the causes being represented. But it also serves to put the governments of the world on notice that we are watching, and that we expect them to address those causes. With the government’s lack of response to the people’s needs, they should have expected us.” – John Fairhurst
The last line is a reference to the Anonymous motto of “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”
Even though the event will be a peaceful protest, Anonymous is taking no chances. The medical wing of Anonymous known as “Anon Medics” will be in attendance to provide first aid to any wounded in the event of law enforcement aggression similar to the type seen during the Occupy rallies. The group would have set up aid stations, but was prohibited by law enforcement who cited a lack of local certifications.
All of the Anon Medics are certified in First Aid and CPR at a minimum. Spektre Mous said that he and his medics would be there regardless, and that they were “unafraid” of government attempts to limit their involvement. The group offered to coordinate with local emergency services, but has yet to receive a response. Although the medics believe they are more likely to be treating protesters, Spektre says that they would treat any living creature injured to include law enforcement. The D.C. event will be held at the National Mall and will be an all day event. Over 10,000 people have registered via Facebook for that demonstration site alone. Fairhurst said that given the discreet nature of a group like Anonymous, many will attend that did not register and that the global goal of one million protesters is going to be easily surpassed.