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

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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 MillionMaskMarch.com, 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 !

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