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St. Louis Police say there are no credible threats in ‘Day of Rage’ protests

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Police department is commenting on the “Day of Rage” protests scheduled for Friday evening. The department posted this message to Facebook at around noon:

“We are aware of circulating social media posts regarding a ‘Day of Rage’ protest event scheduled for this evening, Friday, July 15. The department has been aware of this event for some time. The ‘Day of Rage’ event is a yearly event held in most major cities across the country. The event was held last year in St. Louis and a small number of individuals attended, with no issues or arrests made. As always, the department is prepared to respond to any possible unrest that may arise. At this time, there are NO credible threats to our City and no reason to avoid Downtown St. Louis and everything it has to offer!”

The potential protests by Anonymous are in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the victims of police brutality. It is a reaction to last week’s officer involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Some are wondering if there will be any protests. Snopes dug into the likelihood that there will be a “National Day of Rage” planned by Anonymous. They point out that this event is:

“Virtually identical to one that was circulated two years earlier after the shooting of teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As we pointed out back then, one of the key aspects of Anonymous is its amorphous nature and overall lack of central organization; as such, anyone can initiate an Anonymous “operation,” and none is ever officially sanctioned by any particular portion of the collective.”

In fact, Anonymous posted this Tweet Wednesday: