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Anonymous Declares ‘Day Of Action’ In Solidarity With BLM

"We are calling on a collective day of rage. A day of action centered around civil disobedience and the right to protest."

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A supporter of the activist group Anonymous at a protest in November. — REUTERS
Jul 10, 2016 at 7:22 AM ET

Anonymous is calling for a “day of solidarity” marked by protests and cyber attacks in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, according to a statement the hacktivist group posted on YouTube.

“Anonymous has declared a day of action in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the victims of Police Brutality as well as alongside the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,” the statement published on Saturday says.

One of the hacking group’s most prominent Twitter accounts also declared in a Sunday morning tweet, “EMERGENCY ALERT: Anonymous and #BlackLivesMatter call for #DayOfSolidarity against police brutality.”

Black Lives Matter did not issue an independent statement on the planned events by Sunday morning. But several social media accounts affiliated with the movement retweeted Anonymous’ announcement.

On YouTube, the group’s statement appears under a video that includes graphic footage of Alton Sterling being shot by police in Louisiana last week. It also shows footage taken in the aftermath of Wednesday’s police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota. “We are calling on a collective day of rage,” Anonymous says in its statement. “A day of action centered around civil disobedience and the right to protest.”

The statement links to a list of protests allegedly planned at 37 locations across the U.S.—from Oakland, Phoenix, Chicago, and Boston to Des Moines, Miami, and Memphis. It’s unclear how large the protests—all set to start at 7 p.m. ET on July 15—are expected to be, but by early Sunday, news of the events started gaining some traction on social media. The hashtag #DayOfSolidarity was tweeted more than 500 times since Saturday night Eastern Time. Several leading Anonymous Twitter accounts also called for a Sunday Twitterstorm to raise awareness about the day of action and protests.

Aside from protests, Anonymous threatens cyber attacks, declaring they’ve already started. “To the St. Anthony and the Baton Rouge Police Departments, we’ve already launched attacks on your virtual infrastructure,” its statement on YouTube says. “We are prepared to release every single piece of evidence that will expose your corruption and blatant disregard for human life.”

The call for action focuses on the recent deaths of Sterling and Castile, which have already sparked protests nationwide. Anonymous also draws attention to Freddie Grey, who died in April 2015 after police arrested him. “We will not stop until the officers responsible for the deaths of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the group says. “We WILL NOT submit to another failure of judgement by those who failed to indict Darren Wilson and prosecute the officers who were involved in the death of Freddie Gray.”

The hacking group mentions Thursday’s deadly attack on police in downtown Dallas, calling it “a heinous incident” and saying the group honors the five officers who died.