ST. LOUIS, MO KTVI – Scott Air Force Base has posted a warning to Facebook about a possible protest this Friday at the St. Louis Arch. The “Day of Rage” protests are planned at the same time in cities across the United States. A group calling itself part of “Anonymous” is planning protests on Friday, July 15th to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. Other members of Anonymous say the planned protests are not going to happen.
Scott Air Force Base origionally posted this message to Facebook at around 10am Thursday:
“Please be advised that the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has posted a safety warning not to be at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15 due to potential protests and criminal activity. Please be safe and avoid this area during that time.”
They have updated the post since it went viral with this message:
St. Louis Police say they are aware of the social media surrounding the event. They posted this message to Facebook Friday:
“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 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. This is part of a release Anonymous posted to YouTube on Saturday:
“We are calling on a collective day of rage. A day of action centered around civil disobedience and the right to protest.
To police departments across the United States. We are not your enemy. However, it is in your hands if you want us to stay that way or not. We will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated.
To the St. Anthony and the Baton Rouge Police Departments, we’ve already launched attacks on your virtual infrastructure. We are prepared to release every single piece of evidence that will expose your corruption and blatant disregard for human life.
Once again we are calling upon the citizens of the United States, in conjunction with the Black Lives Matter movement as well as other civil rights activists, to participate in a day of action against the injustices of corrupt officers. On Friday, July 15th, we will all flood the streets at strategic locations in order to maximize our voice. The locations and times will be located in the description below. Tell your family, tell your friends. We will change the world together. Our freedom depends on it.”
The whole thing is a little confusing. Will there be protests across the country on Friday? An Anonymous Twitter account says that there is no “Day of Rage.”
There is no such thing as an ''Anonymous day of rage" TheAnonMessage isn't a credible source, he has been spreading false information before
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 13, 2016
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.”
Anonymous has no leaders.
Anonymous is not organized by anyone.
Anonymous can be anything, or it can be nothing at all.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) August 20, 2014
But, this is the video Anonymous posted to YouTube last weekend. Warning: Some of the images and language used in this video may be offensive to some viewers:
These are the locations and times listed for the protests:
- St. Louis: 6:00PM: Gateway Arch, St. Louis
- Phoenix: 5:00PM: EASTLAKE PARK, 1549 E Jefferson St , Phoenix, AZ
- Tuscon: 5:00PM: CATALINA PARK, 900 N 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ
- Little Rock: 6:00PM OUTSIDE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Little Rock, AR
- San Francisco: 4:00PM CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 355 Mcallister St, San Francisco, California
- Oakland: 4:00PM FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
- Los Angeles: 4:00PM LEIMERT PLAZA PARK, 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
- Denver: 5:00PM CIVIC CENTER PARK, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado
- Washington DC: 7:00PM OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
- Atlanta: 7:00PM OLD DECATUR COURTHOUSE, 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA
- Tampa: 7:00PM OUTSIDE HILLSBOROUGH COURTHOUSE, 800 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL
- Orlando: 7:00PM LAKE EOLA PARK, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida
- Miami: 7:00PM GWEN CHERRY PARK, NW 71 St., Miami, Florida,
- Chicago: 6:00PM RICHARD J DALEY CENTER, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois
- Des Moines: 6:00PM IOWA STATE CAPITOL, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
- New Orleans: 6:00PM LAFAYETTE SQUARE, New Orleans, LA 7
- Baltimore: 7:00PM 201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
- Boston: 7:00PM MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA
- Detroit: 7:00PM Campus Martius Park, Detroit, Michigan
- Lansing: 7:00PM STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI
- Ann Arbor: 7:00PM THE DIAG, Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI
- Minneapolis: 6:00PM MINNEAPOLIS URBAN LEAGUE, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
- Carson City: 4:00PM NEVADA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, 101 N Carson St, Carson City, Nevada
- Manhattan, NY: 7:00PM TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan, NY,
- Newark: 7:00PM NEWARK CITY HALL, 920 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey
- Durham: 7:00PM 200 E. Main St. Durham, North Carolina
- Columbus: 7:00PM GOODALE PARK, Columbus, Ohio
- Cleveland: 7:00PM CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 325 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio
- Portland: 4:00PM PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon
- Philadelphia: 7:00PM LOVE PARK, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh: 7:00PM PITTSBURGH CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Nashville: 6:00PM 801 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Estes Kefauver Federal Building
- Memphis: 6:00PM Health Sciences Park Memphis, TN
- Austin: 6:00PM TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, Outside South Gate-11th and Congress Ave.
- Salt Lake City: 5:00PM SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Seattle: 4:00PM QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington
- Milwaukee: 5:00PM DINEEN PARK, Milwaukee, Wisconsin