Anonymous vs. BART (?)

Posted on August 13, 2011

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Hacker group threatens cyberwar against BART.  well then….

BART’s shutdown of service was condemned by some free-speech advocates who said the transit officials, fearing that organizers used phones to coordinate their movements, had denied the protesters’ rights to peacefully gather.

“In the Bay Area, we’ve seen people gagged, and once more, Anonymous will attempt to show those engaging in the censorship what it feels like to be silenced,” a news release from the group said.

The group also encouraged Monday’s protesters to carry video cameras, “to record further abuses of power by the police and to legitimize the protest. The media will certainly spin this in an attempt to make our actions appear to be violent or somehow harmful to the citizenry at large.”

well shit, i didnt know BART got down like that. I mean, i’ve seen them lock out people who had been protesting trying to get back home (walnut creek… wankers).  It seems… ridiculous to me that institutions will try to disrupt protests without giving any other sort of venue to hear concerns of people.  They’re not just out there for the fuck of it.. it’s cause and effect.  But that’s what happens when relationships between people/institutions is one centered around dynamics of power and control.

Also, the comments on that article are infuriating. People talking about “don’t disrupt my day” bla bla bla.  That’s kind of the point.  Yes, you want to send a message to the entity you’ve taken issue with, but i think a big part of protesting is also raising awareness.  But people don’t want to know, to pay attention, to be engaged in what is happening in life around them.

All these people want to talk about “nanny state” this or that, yet it’s only in the context of social services being provided to people who aren’t as privileged as the wankers making the nanny state comments.  How about the fact that since we, as a society, don’t participate in our “democracy” other people are making decisions for us?  Kinda paternalistic if you ask me.  I think its time people put on their big people panties and step up to the plate.  

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