Anonymous ‘Day of Action’ Protests
What’s Going On
The U.S. Army recently sent out a warning to all military personnel telling them to avoid 37 different U.S. cities on July 15. The warning came in response to rumors that Anonymous has planned protests against police that day. Although there is some uncertainty whether or not the protests will take place, the military’s warnings apparently remain in effect.
On July 9 a video was posted to YouTube claiming to be from the activist group Anonymous. The video cites the recent killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers. In response to those killings, the video calls for a series of protests to take place on the same day in cities throughout the U.S.
A short time later the U.S. Army released a statement warning military personnel to avoid all cities mentioned in the video. Those cities include Washington D.C., Miami, Chicago, Denver, Oakland, Los Angeles, and many others.
“Please be advised the has issued a threat advisory informing personnel that a series of protests has been scheduled to be conducted across the United States on July 15, 2016,” the military’s warning said.
The warning has been particularly concerned about protests at the White House. “For your personal safety, we highly encourage you to avoid this specific location entirely,” the Army wrote.
The notice also included a list of all cities mentioned in the Anonymous video.
“Use this as a list of places NOT to be on Friday the 15th,” the warning said. “While the media does specify nonviolence and denounces the actions taken against police officers that were not involved in these deaths, with the tagline ‘Day of Rage’ it is safe to expect emotions to be running very high on both sides of the line. No matter how great your empathy might be for those who have unjustly lost their lives, these protests are not safe places to be.”
In the days leading up to July 15, there’s been a lot of confusion. Snopes.com concluded that the Anonymous video might not be legitimate and that there might not be any protests. They pointed out that the list of cities and times included in the video was a list created back in 2014 after a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri killed Michael Brown.
Despite the confusion, as far as we can tell, the military’s warning remains in effect.