Anonymous joins real world protest in San Francisco

The Anonymous hacker group usually makes its presence known via data leaks and by defacing web sites. On Monday it showed up in a real world location to help protest how the BART rapid transit system in San Francisco is handling the investigation of a shooting. The New York Times reports that about about 12 people who claimed to be part of Anonymous showed up at a BART station wearing Guy Fawkes masks, a known symbol of the group. The Anonymous members joined with others at the station to protest the shooting death of a man by BART transit police officers in July. While Monday's protest was peaceful at first some of the protesters started to disrupt the operations at the BART station. Police decided to shut down the station's gates as a result.

In related news, the National Journal reports that the Federal Communications Commission is looking into BART's actions last week when it decided to shut down cell phone service in its stations. BART said that it made such a move to help disrupt a prevously announced protest. A spokesperson for the FCC said, "Anytime communications services are interrupted, we seek to assess the situation." The FCC hinted that there could be public safety issues surrounding such a decision.

On Sunday, Anonymous pledged to shut down the BART web site for a few hours. In the end the web site was defaced with the hacker group's known logos but normal access to the site was restored fairly quickly

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Why is this even front page news? Just because of some random people who "claimed" they're Anonymous members showed up at a protest?

"While Monday's protest was peaceful at first some of the protesters started to disrupt the operations at the BART station. "
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And what do you want to bet who started that... most likely its the kids wearing the childish masks trying to hide themselves.

Colicab said,
So no one was waiting to arrest them why?

I doubt Anonymous announced it ahead of time. Also, just wearing the masks is not enough to get arrested, the police would have to identify them as anonymous members.

Senlis said,

I doubt Anonymous announced it ahead of time. Also, just wearing the masks is not enough to get arrested, the police would have to identify them as anonymous members.

So being an Anonymous "member" is a crime?

Reacon said,

So being an Anonymous "member" is a crime?

I suppose not but what I meant by "Identified as a member of anonymous" was more like being identified with anonymous activities, which to my knowledge is usually illegal.

Solid Knight said,
What's wrong with shooting people?

ever played COD? how ****ed are you when people shoot you in the back when your trying to get somewhere? i know i go nuts

Examinus said,
What is BART? Who was shot? Why are people protesting about that?

BART is a transit system. Cops patrolling the subways and such are generally crooks, so I'm assuming a person was shot for an unexaggerated minor offense.

Of course, you could have gathered all this information by reading the article.

Reacon said,

BART is a transit system. Cops patrolling the subways and such are generally crooks, so I'm assuming a person was shot for an unexaggerated minor offense.

Of course, you could have gathered all this information by reading the article.

No I couldn't. The answers to all the questions I asked are missing from the article.