Tomorrow, protests are being planned across the country in solidarity with the protests against police brutality and city council incompetence that has plagued Anaheim for a good decade. On Sunday, there are at least THREE scheduled protests: one organized loosely by the Occupy movement, another the regular Sunday protests organized by the Anaheim Cruzaders for almost three years, and a third one called We Are Anaheim--Somos Anaheim that seeks to strike a middle road.
And having the biggest lulz of them all, of course, is Anonymous, which kicked off their "Operation Anaheim" tonight by publishing online the home address of Anaheim Police Chief John Welter.
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We're not going to post the home address or the other personal information about Chief Welter that Anonymous posted, ESPECIALLY the chief's MySpace page, since that's probably the most embarrassing part of this sordid episode. But they did put out this press release this afternoon:
Greetings City of Anaheim - Greetings Citizens of the United States of America - Greetings People of the World: We are Anonymous --
In Anaheim, California police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous - are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States of America and the world to rise up in unison and defeat a government which does not value its citizens lives nor their freedoms. The safety of your families, your homes, and your future generations is in danger. The fate of the USA is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace? The choice is yours.
To the police force in Anaheim, CA - we have witnessed your brutality and aggressive methods at stifling freedom of speech. We know about how you executed an unarmed man, shooting him in the back of the head while he was on his knees. We have witnessed you putting innocent women and children in danger, these actions are unforgivable. From the killing of an unarmed man, to the brutality you have instituted upon the peaceful protesters and journalists; you now have the full attention of Anonymous. We will attack and deface your web sites, raid your data, blow up your phone lines with black faxes, bomb your E-Mail inboxes, dox your officers - and destroy anything else of yours on the internet we can find. We will also E-Mail this press release and attached video to no less than 10 million people in at least 50 countries around the world asking them to boycott Anaheim, California until all these brutal police are arrested, tried - and convicted of their various crimes against the people.
To the citizens of the world, we call upon you to show solidarity with the oppressed citizens of Anaheim, California - USA. Do NOT travel there or spend your tourist dollars in Anaheim, CA. Send copies of this press release to everyone in your address book. And join us online at irc.anonops.com #OpAnaheim and help us defeat this evil and illegitimate police force.
To the citizens of Anaheim, we are with you. Stand up to the police and do not accept their brutality any longer. Keep taking to the streets. Anonymous will do everything in our power to help and protect you, the innocent from being brutalised under the repressive Anaheim police force.
Operation Anaheim, engaged.
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
If you want to follow the lulz, follow Operation Anaheim on Twitter at #opanaheim. Let's see what they dig up!