Anonymous is once again taking to the streets today, 5 November, in what is the second annual Million Mask March.
The first march is due to kick off in Auckland in New Zealand at midday local time and will continue throughout the day and across the globe in almost 500 towns and cities.
The group is protesting “to shed light on corrupt government in order to set people free from oppression”.
Protest marches are set to take place in locations around the globe as diverse as London, Kampala and even Antartica.
We hope to provide live updates throughout the day of what is happening including photos, videos and stories from protestors the world over. If you are taking part and want to get in touch to let us know what’s happening then
For those of you who don’t know who or what Anonymous is, then this brilliant explanation from the book Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman might give you an idea:
Peering through the computer, we find Anonymous in any instant to be an aggregate sack of flesh – meshed together by wires transistors and Wi-Fi signals – replete with miles of tubes pumping blood, pounds of viscera filled with vital fluids, an array of live signalling wires, propped up by a skeletal structure with muscular pistons fastened to it, and ruled from a cavernous dome holding a restless control centre, the analog of these fabulously grotesque and chaotically precise systems that, if picked apart, become what we call people.
If you are wondering if there will be a march in your area you can check out this map.
We’ll be at the London march later today with live updates but if you’ve got any news from marches where you are, tweet us at @IBTimesUKTech.
6.30am: The second annual Million Mask March is well under way with Anonymous protestors in countries like New Zealand, Australia and Japan already meeting to protest.
Here is a group of Anons from Auckland:
7.00am: There are also reports coming in from Sydney, Melbource, Tokyo and beyond though specific numbers are at the moment hard to come by.
Some people will be live-streaming the protests with a collection of links available here.
7.30am: The protest in Sydney is moving towards the government building and you can watch a live stream of the march here.
7.45am: This message neatly sums up the reasoning behind the organising of the Million Mask March encompassing so many protests around the world:
8.25am: So what have the hacktivist collective that is Anonymous been up to lately? Here atIBTimes UK we’ve been following them closely and have several reports from the last few weeks relating to their actions.
Click on the hyperlinks to find out more about Israeli government websites being shut down in retaliation to the killing of a 14-year-old, Atlantic Records being forced to release Lup Fiasco’s album, and how Chinese government data was leaked in support of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.
8.39am: I wonder if we’ll be getting any Anonymous-themed songs to soundtrack the marches? This was last year’s rather irritatingly catchy electro-rave offering:
[youtube width=”580″ height=”345″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aXBGyGMkks[/youtube]
8.52am: For anyone wanting to take part in a march but are worried they lack the correct facial accoutrements, someone has created a printable Guy Fawkes mask. No excuses now for any would-be revolutionaries.
9.01am: And talking of masks, here’s an interesting analysis of esoteric iconography used by Anonymous.
9.19am: Pictures from protests in Adelaide, South Australia:
#anonymous #millionmaskmarch #adelaide #southaustralia #newsADL #australia pic.twitter.com/o5rcvwfTxs
— Abbas McArthur (@mylosthumanity) November 5, 2014
9.35am: The Anonymous Video Network has released this video, saying that in 2014 “Anonymous plans to take civil disobedience to the next level”. Million Mask March from @AnonymousVideo on Vimeo. 9.55am: The Barcelona affiliation of Anonymous is gearing up for the protests, releasing a map of the march route:
#MillionMaskMarch 2014 #Barcelona #5N Mapa de recorrido y horario.#5thOfNovember pic.twitter.com/CIYahPCT7a — AnonymousBCN (@AnonymousBCN) November 5, 2014
10:10am: In an interview with Russia Today, an Anonymous member said the Million Mask March is “a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests. We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic.” 10:40am: In a bid to keep the protest peaceful, the Metropolitan Police says it wishes to engage with Anonymous so they can “work together to ensure they can protest safely.” Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said the police force is trying to contact Anonymous, but “no one has come forward.” Mills added: “We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.” But this could well fall on deaf ears, as a notice on the Anonymous UK website states: “Collaborating with the police implicates and endangers anyone who does not know of, or agree with, the state sanctioned plans of the march.” 10:50am: Also speaking to Russia Today, prominent Anonymous member Old Holborn said “the internet has the power to bring down regimes, that’s why it terrifies them…they have no particular jurisdiction over the internet, it belongs to everyone.” You can watch the full interview below: [youtube width=”580″ height=”345″]http://youtu.be/z0wi4QLLJsk[/youtube] 11:00am: To give an idea of the numbers expect to decend on London’s Trafalgar Square this evening, the march has grown from attracting between 500 and 600 Anons in 2011, to 2,000 in 2012 and over 2,500 last year. “This idea is not going away,” Anonymous says, as it prepares for its largest London march yet. 11:20am: There are “hundreds” of riot police officers on stand-by in preparation for tonight’s London protest, the Evening Standard is reporting, as steel fences are erected around Parliament Square. The Anonymous UK website calls for as “massive Anonymous blockade of London City. Complete physical gridlock. Only thing that gets through are fire & rescue and ambulances. Nothing else moves.” And despite the heavy police presence expected tonight, the message shared by many Anonymous members is one of peace: 11:30am: A few images here from the Million Mask March in Adelaide earlier today:
#anonymous Images from #millionmaskmarch #adelaide today #newsADL pic.twitter.com/uPSvbTigP7
— Abbas McArthur (@mylosthumanity) November 5, 2014
11:50am: Anonymous members in Japan are also taking part in today’s global protest :
Remember, remember, the 5th of November #MillionMaskMarch #Japan pic.twitter.com/04aZKJmfoA — チャノロジー・アノニマス (@JapanAnon) November 5, 2014
12.15pm: Less than six hours to go until the London march kicks off, tweets of people heading up to the capital are gradually growing. One notable attendee may be Mark McGowan, the outspoken “Artist Taxi Driver”. Here’s a video he uploaded on 1 November in the build up to the march: [youtube width=”580″ height=”345″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Pw4T-vPn8[/youtube] 12.35pm: Some images from Sydney earlier today. It’s getting on to midnight there now and as yet no reports of any major unrest from the sunnier side of the world. 12.50pm: In the Phillipines, protestors are marching from the Sandiganbayan Building to the Batasang Pambansa: [youtube width=”580″ height=”345″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwm1I38hPvY[/youtube] 12.51pm: And looking ahead, here’s a livestream to look out for later on in the Netherlands. 13.05: The Evening Standard has posted this picture from Parliament Square showing preparations for tonight’s march.
London prepares for the #MillionMaskMarch http://t.co/Smxhj9veR1 pic.twitter.com/SlkgaHMxvE — Evening Standard (@standardnews) November 5, 2014
13.20: The Metropolitan Police has revealed that police in London will have the power to force anyone wearing a mask to take it off, imposing Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 across Westminster between 5pm today and 2am tomorrow.
13.30: It looks like we’ve had our first arrests of the day:
#BREAKING: Activists arrested at @FERC in DC, shortly before #MillionMaskMarch. @FordFischer is there: pic.twitter.com/GiAqIKzlHb
— News2Share (@news_2_share) November 5, 2014
13.40: With over four hours to go until the start of the London march, protestors are already gathering in Trafalgar Square:
Yep that’s a flag. #MillionMaskMarch #nov5th #OpSafeWinter pic.twitter.com/kot1KqD2Tj — t0p ಠ_ಠ (@topman52001) November 5, 2014
13.55: Pictures of protesters in Sydney earlier demonstrating the wide array of causes that peopleare taking to the streets to march for:
#Sydney #Australia members of #Anonymous air their political grievances at today’s #MillionMaskMarch @newzuluAU pic.twitter.com/7MiACLpCyR
— Anonymous Sudamerica (@AnonySudamerica) November 5, 2014
14.10: Protestors gathering in Torino, Italy:
#5N #Torino #MMM #MillionMaskMarch #Italy #Anonymous pic.twitter.com/jmtB34XTpO — Otherwise (@Anon_Otherwise) November 5, 2014
14:25: There’s now a police presence at the Million Mask March in Amsterdam
15:00: As protesters slowly gather at Trafalgar Square, signs put up by Anonymous members outline their ‘Rules of Engagement’. These include: “In the event of police action against protesters, turn around, be silent, pass it on. Give them no sign of aggression.”
#MMM abt. 20 #anonymous members are in Trafalgar Square selling masks for £5 – while trying to end corporate greed? pic.twitter.com/C1FkNGuADJ
— jo stiansen (@jostiansen) November 5, 2014
15:55: Protesters with masks, flags and banners are gathering outside the White House. They’re all chanting “we are the 99%”.
“We are from the internet.” Anonymous activist rally outside White House at #MillionMaskMarch pic.twitter.com/9T6Q8YfG05 — RT America (@RT_America) November 5, 2014
@rustyrockets this is happening outside of the White House right now #MillionMaskMarch pic.twitter.com/OFxmQ1mhy3
— Hot Mess Express (@RaeMaeJay) November 5, 2014
16.30: Photos are now emerging from protests earlier today in Hong Kong. Anonymous hackers offered their support to Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors last month by leaking government data and shutting down government websites. 16.45: The Washington march is in full flow, with protestors now walking down Pennsylvania Avenue towards Capitol Hill. A brief stand-off with police outside the FBI building – with chants of “you work for us” – passed without any serious incident.
After a short stand-off with the police at the #FBI building #MillionMaskMarch continues pic.twitter.com/w1JL8QlLgS — Paulina Leonovich (@Polly_evro) November 5, 2014
17.00: Just one hour to go until the march kicks off in London and there’s a growing crowd gathering in Trafalgar Square:
#MillionMaskMarch #London pic.twitter.com/hpcsUrXeEm
— Shahinaz Nabeeh (@NazNabeeh) November 5, 2014
17.10: Looks like another arrest in Washington:
#BREAKING: Arrest at steps to Capitol building. #MillionMaskMarch pic.twitter.com/rGmpUodPsj — News2Share (@news_2_share) November 5, 2014
17.25: Although it’s still only early afternoon in Washington, the crowd is already starting to get a bit rowdy. This Vine shows protestors ripping barricades away from police blocking access to Capitol Hill:
17.35: Protests are beginning to gain momentum in a number of European cities, with several hundred reportedly gathered in Amsterdam.
#MillionMaskMarch #Amsterdam 2014 pic.twitter.com/vWNlXHxpK4 — αиσиσяρнєυѕ (@Anonorpheus) November 5, 2014
17.50: With less than 10 minutes left to go until the London march from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament begins, police stand by at Parliament Square:
London awaits the #MillionMaskMarch #Anonymous http://t.co/KsQJ7zM23Q pic.twitter.com/hzmqdR0bkP
— HuffPostUK Pictures (@HuffPostUKPics) November 5, 2014
18:10: Trafalgar Square in London fills up with activists, including some apparently defying the ban by police on Guy Fawkes masks:
#MillionMaskMarch London,Trafalgar square is packed now !!! pic.twitter.com/KWVfPiGyXp — stupot (@gypsyvillage2) November 5, 2014
18:20: A glib comment about the #millionmaskmarch on Twitter:
18:40: Reports that demonstrators in London are marching on parliament from Trafalgar Square:
18:53: Bad news for millionmask marchers in London, the Man – aka the Metropolitan Police – has issued a list of ‘do nots’:
A reminder for those on the #MillionMaskMarch in central London tonight #5thNov pic.twitter.com/iXPgtmZEgs — MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) November 5, 2014
19:00: Russell Brand makes his appearance at the #MillionMaskMarch in London.
Protestors ask Russell Brand to help them “take the square”. Brand: “Let’s stay cool” #MillionMaskMarch #london pic.twitter.com/HRpVN4FpiC
— jason ilagan (@jasonilagan) November 5, 2014
19:50: #MillionMaskMarch protesters head towards Buckingham Palace.
Thousands of people at #MillionMaskMarch #London now marching towards Buckingham Palace #MMM pic.twitter.com/nlGYBDOwSr — Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) November 5, 2014
20:05: Reports of scuffles breaking out between police and #MillionMaskMarch protesters in London.
#Anonymous masked march scuffle with police in central #London. @harryfear http://t.co/7ED2QWkxWg #MMM #MillionMaskMarch
— IN THE NOW (@INTHENOWRT) November 5, 2014
20:10: Police mobilise forces as #MillionMaskMarch protesters continue towards Buckingham Palace.
20:30: Reports of minor clashes between police and #MillionMaskMarch protesters in London.
Police having some traffic cones thrown at them by protestors on #MillionMaskMarch #London pic.twitter.com/VdGhgsYJhu
— Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) November 5, 2014
21:00: Scottish #MillionMaskMarch protesters converge at Edinburgh Castle.
#Anonymous Edinburgh castle #MillionMaskMarch pic.twitter.com/Ythg6bt469 — aliceheywood (@22carrots) November 5, 2014
21:05: #MillionMaskMarch protesters launch attack on BBC building.
‘BBC! Shame on you!’ #MillionMaskMarch protesters at BBC HQ http://t.co/YQ7m5mW8l1 http://t.co/AZlScbnbRt pic.twitter.com/depgkeIgvZ
— RT (@RT_com) November 5, 2014
21:10: BBC failing to report on #MillionMaskMarch protests on their doorstep.
THOUSANDS! Was a pleasure to walk side by side with you brothers & sisters. #Anonymous #5Nov #MillionMaskMarch pic.twitter.com/vGNQ3i4kuf — Rebel with a Cause (@TeamDAFLIRebel) November 5, 2014
21:30: #MillionMaskMarch protesters chanting “Revolution!”