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article imageAnonymous operations in DC kick off ahead of Million Mask March Special

By Justin King     Nov 4, 2013 in World
Washington - The presence of Anonymous is already being felt in Washington, DC. Today, elements of the Million Mask March, scheduled for tomorrow, gathered near the White House to voice opposition to the policies of the United States.
The activists gathered in Lafayette Square, within shouting distance of the White House, wearing the iconic Guy Fawkes mask. Today’s gathering served as a meet and greet for people that, in many cases, had only spoken to each other through faceless exchanges over the internet.
The activists were moved back from the White House fence at one point until a motorcade left the area. Law Enforcement also ordered activists to remove their masks stating that it was only legal to wear them on Halloween; the Code of the District of Columbia (found here) states that it is only illegal to wear a facial covering if the person is engaged in a crime or attempting to intimidate a class of people. Adhering to the strict non-violence guidelines in place for the event, the activists complied with the officer’s illegal order or left the area for period of time.
Metro Police ordering activists to remove their masks.
Metro Police ordering activists to remove their masks.
As darkness fell, Anons participating in #Op Human Angels braved the almost freezing temperatures to walk the streets of DC offering bottled water, money, and food to homeless citizens sleeping in the parks of the nation’s capital. Kristie Elgersma, an organizer for the operation, spoke about the prevalence of homelessness in the seat of the world’s richest nation and some of the small things Anonymous has done to help ease their burden.
“We saw a man just outside the metro, his feet were the only thing sticking out from under a blanket. It looked like a dead body. I asked if there was anything I could get him. He said he wanted any kind of food. I asked what he wanted if he could have anything. He said a coke. So, we got him a coke; it’s little things like that can make a big difference.”
Participants the Anonymous operation #OpHumanAngels distribute food  money  and water to the homeles...
Participants the Anonymous operation #OpHumanAngels distribute food, money, and water to the homeless.
After the evening’s activities, the group stopped to feed themselves and took the time to answer some questions. They traveled from as far away as California, Canada, Missouri, Connecticut, and Florida to be here for the March. When asked why they traveled such great distances, they all expressed their desire to raise awareness about the various causes that were close to their hearts, and explained how all of the causes are interlinked.
The Washington, DC Million Mask March begins officially tomorrow at nine in the morning at the Washington Memorial and the participants will then proceed to Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. Events in other nations are already underway.
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