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Anonymous Calls for BART Protest

Hackers angry over cell service disruption to prevent last week's protest
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2011 5:33 AM CDT
Anonymous Calls for BART Protest
A BART subway rider, who declined to give her name, speaks on a cell phone at San Francisco's Civic Center station yesterday.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Tomorrow at 5pm in San Francisco's Civic Center Station. Wear red. That's the protest plan announced yesterday by hacker group Anonymous, in retaliation for the transit authority turning off cell phone service last Thursday to stop another protest, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "In the Bay Area, we've seen people gagged, and once more, Anonymous will attempt to show those engaging in the censorship what it feels like to be silenced," said the group in a news release.

Anonymous also called on protesters to bring video cameras, to make sure no one claims their non-violent protest is violent. BART officials, however, would not say whether they would turn off cell phone coverage again for this next protest. "The safety of our customers is our No. 1 priority, and we're going to do what we can to keep people safe," said a transit spokesman. "We're just going to leave it at that." (More BART stories.)

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