#MillionMaskMarch draws crowds globally as Anonymous releases 500 names of alleged KKK members

#MillionMaskMarch draws crowds globally as Anonymous releases 500 names of alleged KKK members

A protester outside Senator John McCain’s office during the Million Mask March in Phoenix. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

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PHOENIX — Protesters gathered outside Senator John McCain’s office in Phoenix as part of a global day of protest organized by the hacktavist group Anonymous which coincided with the release of over 500 names of people associated with the Klu Klux Klan, according to the group.

The Phoenix protest had around 70 people in the afternoon marching and chanting, according to one protester. However, Phoenix Police spokesman Lt. Orender stated they believed the crowd only reached 50 people at it’s maximum.

The protesters held a variety of signs ranging from “Audit the Fed” to “Love Prevails” but the focus of the protest seemed to be on police brutality.

“We just want to get the message out that people are getting killed for no reason,” said one protester who went by the pseudonym Garth.

Another protester echoed those sentiments saying that the police “think they are above the law because they have a badge.”

Phoenix Police had an increased presence in the area with multiple bicycle units, patrols and even a helicopter which circled the area.

The protest remained peaceful and uneventful except for a moment when two counter protesters clashed with the group of then 50 protesters. Insults were hurled and police quickly created a barrier between the two groups.

The counter protesters were open carrying pistols and were filming the group.

The Million Mask March drew crowds all over the globe but the biggest news from the hacktavist group was the release of the #OpKKK file.

The list of names of alleged KKK members contains links to their Facebook pages, Google+ accounts and more. The document even contains names of government employees.

The North Star Post will have a further in-depth analysis of the release in the coming days.

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