Exhorts activists to come out on streets on 15 October at Hyde Park to demand participatory democracy
Online hacktivist group Anonymous has urged activists, artists, musicians and other people to gather at Hyde Park on 15 October to take part in "Operation Unity", a protest against cuts to public services and to demand for "participatory" democracy.
The hacker group — infamous for their attacks against Visa, Mastercard, Sony and The Sun – shot into limelight late last year after it brought down the services of Visa and Mastercard against the decision to block payment access to whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Anonymous has then been associated with a series of high profile targets this year including the one on the British tabloid The Sun. However, the group have kept a low profile after authorities around the world started tracking and hunting the group members in a coordinated action.
Recent reports also suggest that a few members have left the group for its "anti-people" actions. Few weeks ago, a group member called Speaksay had to refute threats that the group would attack social networking site Facebook, after a splinter group announced on behalf of Anonymous that it would "kill" Facebook for storing personal information of users without their kowledge.
Now, Anonymous seems to have changed its policy of remaining behind the scenes to organising real life protests. Earlier this month, Anonymous said that it coordinated a peaceful protest in San Francisco against the police action which allegedly led to the death of a homeless man.
On Wednesday, the group announced on Pastebin that it would commence a march from Hyde Park to Parliament Square for an "occupation" against the coalition’s response to the financial meltdown.
Anonymous said: "We invite you to join us for Operation Unity at 2pm on October 15th 2011 in Hyde Park, where we will assemble before marching onward to Parliament Square for an occupation."
"Please come armed with banners, flags, placards, flyers, musical instruments and anything else you may want to use to creatively and peacefully express your outrage at the way this government has attacked the most vulnerable in our society to protect the bankers and corporations – the very people who caused the financial meltdown we are all paying for."
The group has also asked people to "bring tents and shelters to help us create an area for people from all aspects of our communities to unite through our common goals."
Anonymous demanded that "the government immediately review the cuts to public services: The NHS, the welfare system, education, local government, community groups and policing are services that should NOT be paying the price for the mistakes of corporate bankers."
"We demand that the government actively and exertively pursue the tax evaders and avoiders that have cost this country billions."
"We demand that our politicians dedicate themselves to overhauling our political system so that we, the people, do not play second fiddle to the economy."