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Anonymous: Million Mask March in West Palm Beach and Miami on Thursday

The people known best as  "an internet gathering" are about to gather in a very real, non-online, type of way.

Anonymous — a loose international network of "hacktivists" who use computers in pursuit of social justice goals — is rallying supporters to join a Million Mask March this Thursday in locations around the world, with both Palm Beach and Miami Beach listed as two of the places where supporters have said they intend to protest peacefully. 

Anonymous has no leaders, no membership, and no official organization. Anyone identifying with one of its causes can jump in and take action using the name Anonymous. Yet, a series of self-righteous publicity stunts has been done under the Anonymous banner. Last week, Anonymous hackers released lists of names of people whom it alleges are associated with the Ku Klux Klan. In public, people associating with Anonymous often wear Guy Fawkes masks. 

According to fliers being passed around South Florida, Anonymous is asking members to show up at 401 Biscayne Blvd. to conduct a rally meant to promote peace, truth, justice, fairness, and unity. The Miami chapter's Facebook page touts the march as a five-continent rally in which they expect more than a million protesters to hit the pavement to take a stand against acts of violence, especially police brutality. Organizers have also floated the idea of marching in West Palm Beach. 

The group is stressing to protesters that when met with police resistance, peace is the answer. Anonymous asks members to react to a police officer in the following way: "Turn around. Be Silent. Pass it on." The idea of the protest is to fight violence with peace, and taking away any excuse for violence is the best way to keep the peace. On its website, the group has released statements about what its cause is all about:

“The Million Mask March is about your right to get s**t done outside of what's appropriate, or legal, or wise. The Million Mask March is about your right to remind governments to be afraid of their people, and to remind people not to be afraid of their governments,” 

The central location of the Million Mask March seems to be Washington, D.C.. There, Anonymous supporters are planning to meet at the steps of the Washington Monument at 10:30 a.m. 

Anonymous is said to have originated in 2003 on the image board 4chan — a place notorious for being one of the most lawless places on the web. It's also a place where some of the most knowledgeable hackers and computer-savvy people form connections. Many "freedom fighters" have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks meant to rock the boat and make a change. In 2012, Time named Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world. 

The main Anonymous page touts the Million Mask March movement as having locations in the United States, London, South Africa, Australia, and Asia, to name just a few. The words "Expect Us" are continually written throughout locations Facebook pages. 
United as one. Divided by zero.
We are #Anonymous. We are Legion.
We do not forgive, we do not forget.
#OpVendetta #OpNov5 #Nov5th #5nov #MillionMaskMarch #MMM
#WeAreAllHuman #HumanityNeedsYou #HumanityNeedsUsAll

#ExpectUs !
Anonymous ? Million Mask March 2015

Greetings world, we are Anonymous. January 17th, 1961 ; President Eisenhower warned the world of the impending threat posed by a disastrous rise of misplaced power involving the military industrial complex. Three months later, President John F. Kennedy would make an address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association; Emphasizing the need for a free and independent press. Making it clear that censorship and the act of covering up mistakes is unacceptable, especially in what's suppose to be a free and open society. Nevertheless, over 54 years later, it's clear that while some circumstances have changed; The same warnings still very much apply. The unfortunate and honest truth is that the very censorship and misplaced power the citizens were warned about 54 years ago, we're seeing occur today in the present. When the warnings of the past are ignored, history is doomed to repeat itself. We now face a dilemma unfamiliar to any previous human civilization, we face this dilemma not simply as a community, nor a nation; Rather collectively as a planet. We have something no previous generation has ever had, the internet. This year you are invited to stand against censorship and tyranny, corruption. war. poverty. Millions will unite around the globe on the 5th of November to make their voices heard and let the various governments of the world know that they'll never stop the free flow of information. it must be clear by now that governments don't work for the interest of the people, but for big banks and corporations. do you or your children really wanna live in a world, wear the government spy on its own citizens en see you as a potential terrorist or criminal. The internet is one of the last truly free vessels that we the citizens have access to. We've stood as one against SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, and the TPP. We'll continue to stand as one against internet censorship! the million mask march will take place on November 5, 2015 in cities around the world.The outcome relies on you! United as one. Divided by zero.We are #Anonymous. We are Legion.We do not forgive, we do not forget.#OpVendetta #OpNov5 #Nov5th #5nov #MillionMaskMarch #MMM#WeAreAllHuman #HumanityNeedsYou #HumanityNeedsUsAll #ExpectUs ! ???? ........ MORE DETAILS ........ ????Worlwide Event MAP ? Million Mask Movement ? (Facebook World Event) ? Million Mask March London ? Million Mask March 2015 ? Anonymous Legion —

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