In the struggle to enforce everyone right to information, knowledge, Anonymous launched many operations in many Arabic nations in 2011. (See a short breakdown here.) Anonymous worked in collaboration with Telecomix, a cluster that uses legal means to promote free speech, to restore mirrors and proxies to help restore Egyptians’ access to sites being censored by the government. They even used faxes to communicate important information when the internet was no longer an option. Besides the hacking and protesting, Anonymous carried out another beloved tradition: ordering massive amounts of pizza to be delivered to the countries’ embassies.
DEAR CITIZENS OF THE WORLD,
Anonymous can not, and will not stand idly while people are being denied their basic rights and human liberties.
Yet, there are still a lot of governments worldwide who fail to even aspire to the standard of freedom that was set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments believe they have the right and privilege to impose upon their own people an ‘official’ version of ‘reality’ which isn’t in any way tampered by the truths of everyday life under which its citizens are living.
Anonymous believes this is an outright crime which can not go unpunished. The Egyptian people are living under inhumane conditions; being denied their basic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, and the free access to information. By imposing censorship upon its own people and condemning these freedoms, the Egyptian government has revealed itself to be criminal, and has made itself an enemy of Anonymous.
To the Egyptian Government: Anonymous challenges all those who are involved in censorship. Anonymous wants you to offer free access to uncensored media in your entire country. When you ignore this message, not only will we attack your government websites, Anonymous will also make sure that the international media sees the horrid reality you impose upon your people. Anonymous will not spare anybody who supports this suppression. It is in the hands of the Egyptian government to end this: continue your repression and you will be subject to civil protest – lend an ear to the claim of freedom from your people and the hostilities will cease.
To the Egyptian people: We stand together and united against this oppression. This struggle is not just for you alone, but for the whole of humankind. Citizens can no longer endure their governments abuse. When forced by the threat of oppression, we will be loud as hell – and when the people roar, it will send shivers down the spines of all those who stifle our freedom and take our precious liberties away.
Anonymous are your brothers and sisters, your sons and daughters, your parents and your friends, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or place of birth. Anonymous is you. You will not be denied your right to free speech, free press, free association and your universal right to freely access information, both in real life and through the internet.
Join us in this battle for freedom of information worldwide!
For as Khalil Gibran once said:
“Life without Freedom is like a body without a soul, and Freedom without Thought is like a confused spirit… Life, Freedom and Thought are three-in-one, and are everlasting and shall never pass away.”
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.