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Updated: May 29, 2012 04:00 IST

Anonymous calls for ‘Occupy movement' in several Indian cities

K. Srinivas Reddy
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A Guy Fawkes mask worn by members of Anonymous Operation India, a group of hacktivists, which called for Occupy protests in several Indian cities on June 9.
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A Guy Fawkes mask worn by members of Anonymous Operation India, a group of hacktivists, which called for Occupy protests in several Indian cities on June 9.

Several India cities, including Hyderabad, are likely to witness Occupy protests, albeit on a smaller scale, on June 9

We have read about the ‘Occupy protests' taking place across the world. Now several cities in India, including Hyderabad, are likely to witness Occupy protests, albeit on a smaller scale, on June 9 where protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks will assemble at a place. They will register their opposition to the moves of the Centre to curtail Internet freedom and oppose blocking of websites or social media accounts. The protests are called by Anonymous, a group of ‘hacktivists'.

Facebook, twitter and other social media sites were abuzz with activity on Monday, with the Anonymous calling for occupy protests in Hyderabad and several other cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Indore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Kochi and Calicut on June 9. Tweets by Anonymous India (@AnonDDos) and Operation India (@opindia_back) have been eliciting a good response from tweeple from these cities, who pledged their support to the protests.

Events page

While asking Tweeple to use hashtag ‘#opIndia' to express their opinions and support, the group started an events page on Facebook apart from a webpage to explain why the opIndia movement was being launched. The group alleged that the Department of Telecommunications was laying down stringent rules to curb internet freedom. “…we are protesting against the government's rampant behaviour. We will not tolerate this,” the group declared on its website.

The recent activity of disabling of websites of government, corporate and political parties was to protest against the blocking of several websites, blogs and social media accounts, it explained.

The group has also listed certain directives for organising the protests. The protesters should wear Guy Fawkes masks, and the protest must be non-violent and in no circumstances should they confront the police. Those indulging in any violent act must be handed over to the police.

Will be there @India gate..Please gather in big numbers

from:  MK
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 19:55 IST

When a scam of 30,000+ crores has very little impact on us, I can understand why people have no interest in this kind of issues.

from:  Om
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 15:59 IST

Alright people. It is time for some clarity on this issue of the goverment banning file sharing sites(fss).
POINT NUMBER ONE: A lot of people are attributing ban on fss as a ban on right to information, freedom of speech etc. It is not a ban on right to information or freedom of speech. You can distribute, copy, rent or lend any commodity you want as long as there is permission from the makers of that commodity to do that. If you simply copy, distribute or rent, you cause losses to the makers.
POINT NUMBER 2: We all hate pick pocketers, thieves, robbers and rowdys because they just wanna grab the hard earned assets of people. We give police complaints that something that was valued thousands of rupees was stolen from us and we lodge cases against such people so that they are going to be arrested and put in jail for many years in order to prevent them from doing such things again right? So aren't we theives if we steal software from fss worth millions of dollars?

from:  Vivek
Posted on: May 30, 2012 at 10:36 IST

I've been following anonymous for a couple years now.. All they want is equal rights for everyone.. They will get this by peaceful protests, it doesn't matter if it takes years to do it, it'll happen one day.. and i can't wait for that day to come where we all can see a change in our government and our people.

from:  ian
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 20:50 IST

I think we had our own movement on Lokpal by Anna and his team, we would better follow him rather than Guy Fawkes and his cohorts,yes time has come to unshackle the young Indian from the claws of an ossified political leadership,we need an Imran Khan or Anna Hazare.

from:  vicky singh
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 15:27 IST

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution. The Internet is a very important medium for expression of views. The powers to be all over the world are scared of the Internet because it exposes their nefarious actions. The Internet is changing politics, journalism,social advocacy and literature all over the world. For the first time in history the masses have unlimited power to change people's perceptions, attitudes and thinking. The Arab Spring took place because of social networking sights like Twitter and Facebook.It showed that any violation of human dignity would no longer be tolerated by the people. Freedom loving people all over the world should strongly oppose any restrictions on the Internet. There should be a global and concerted movement to warn the vested interests who want to perpetuate the status quo that any opposition to their Right of expression will meet with world-wide protests and opposition.

from:  Umesh Bhagwat
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 12:28 IST

Finally ... but how many will attend I wonder?

from:  Rahul
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 11:14 IST

At 2:18PM, 25th May, Anonymous hacked Reliance's Internet filtering server and filtered a lot of websites. Visitors to the websites were seeing the message from Anonymous. (Source: ZDnet[dot]com) Anyway the interesting fact was, that even after hours, this news didn't make it to the main stream. Why? I did a Google search, all I could find was blog posts from independent bloggers or magazines! Try one now.

from:  Vijay Dev
Posted on: May 28, 2012 at 22:31 IST

Peaceful protesting for a cause is right of every Indian citizen but hacking websites of Government/private organization is not a correct thing to do. The hackers should think that these websites are also used by the same people for whom they are 'fighting'.

from:  Anupam Sain
Posted on: May 28, 2012 at 22:25 IST

Occupy Movement ?? In India the 'Occupy Movement' is already in place with the homeless beggars and other homeless day laborers. Nobody gives a damn if 100 or 200 people 'occupy' some public park or footpath. That kind of circus is only possible in the West. In India, we burn buses and trains! That is the minimum level to be called a 'protest' in India.

from:  Raq
Posted on: May 28, 2012 at 22:22 IST
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