Friday 25 March 2016

Denying Your Right To Peaceful Protest

There is, supposedly, going to be a demonstration in Glasgow later this year by the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous.

In case you haven't heard of this group, they are basically a loosely associated international network of activists and hacktivists. You've probably seen them on the TV news, demonstrating in public wearing Guy Fawkes masks to hide their anonymity.

Detractors - mainly those in the establishment - say they are a menace, have no legitimacy, act illegally, and should be stamped out and all thrown in jail.

Supporters, on the other hand, view them as some sort of an anti-establishment Robin Hood types who help the public by exposing and holding to account corrupt corporate and government organisations.  

Take your pick.

Either way, the establishment - who are dead set against anonymous - are trying to ban them from protesting in Glasgow.

Police Scotland has said that they will be ready to deal with any 'unauthorised' protest Anonymous may hold.

Me? I lost all interest in computers shortly after Windows Vista was released and I doubt Anonymous would be in any way interested in my expertise on how to get to level 2 on Super Mario.

But this post today isn't to make comment on whether Anonymous are a force for good or evil.

Rather it's to bring to the attention of the public that when any organisation wants to publicly protest about establishment organisations such as, say, the council and the police, they need to get the permission of...the council and the police.

And there's something decidedly undemocratic and not right about that.