The global movement against curbs on Internet freedom seems to have taken roots in India.

After squatting on some public and corporate in the last few weeks, ‘Anonymous' activists are spreading their influence in major cities.

The activists informed that similar protests would be held in Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata to bring home the message that restrictions on Internet freedom will not be tolerated. As if to mark the June 9 congregations, Anonymous activists had attacked MTNL Web site, denying services to the Web site users.

They have announced that they will hold a rally at Necklace Road and at Hi-Tech City in Hyderabad on June 9. The group ‘Occupy Hyderabad – Protest for Internet freedom' has attracted 500 Facebook members. They have invited 7,400 more users on the social networking site to join the group and in the rally.

“The Government has censored a majority of media sharing Web sites. Anonymous – the faceless, region-less, leaderless organisation - has called for all citizens to hold peaceful demonstrations in every part of India,” the administrators of the group said.

Those who want to take part in the protest have been asked to come with the trademark mask of ‘Anonymous' which has become a symbol of protest globally. The activists also asked the protestors not to disclose their identities at any cost. You just tell them: “we are Anonymous”.

kurmanath@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on June 8, 2012)
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