Last week's "National Moment of Silence" for Michael Brown and other victims of police brutality was, by all accounts, cathartic, widespread and successful. Thursday's "Day of Rage," however, seemed to be anything but.
One week after a citizen-organized, nonviolent national moment of silence (#NMOS14) was held in more than 100 cities around the country, anarchist group Anonymous called for a similar "Day of Rage" -- national protests that would be held simultaneously on August 21. In its video encouraging the protests, Anonymous demanded the following:
We continue to demand that Congress take immediately action and pass a bill that will enforce bodily cameras on local and state authorities titled Mike Brown's Law. The petition is located in the description. We also demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of the identified shooter immediately. Aug. 21 is our day to rise up. Our presence will continue unless our demands are met.
Many Anonymous supporters took to Twitter to discuss the #DayOfRage and organize dozens of demonstrations in the United States. It even appeared that the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo about the national event:
But, perhaps because the effort wasn't quite as cohesive as #NMOS14 was or because the word "rage" turned people off, potential participants didn't quite band together:
So is anyone else showing up for the #DayOfRage in Salt Lake at Slcc? Looking kind of uneventful here. Anyone else around?— Chris Daniels (@ChriSaito) August 21, 2014
Call TDB when the actual rage begins Seattle. -_- #dayofrage my ass. It's hard to have rage when you have legal weed.— The Dave Black (@The_Dave_Black) August 21, 2014
Just left NOLA #DayOfRage 5 white kids with pink hair...didn't seem all that pissed to me.....— Rusty (@10mill) August 22, 2014
Even the locals didn't appear to care for the event.
Yeah the #dayofrage protest didn't seem to happen in St. Louis so I'm heading out of the park— Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) August 21, 2014
Still, a few cities managed to pull together some protesters, even if the crowds were a little thin.
Some cities did a little better.
And some drew actual crowds.
But after reviewing many confused tweets pertaining to what #DayOfRage was and when it would happen, we found this one from Boston to be emblematic of Anonymous' efforts:
*eats paint chips*— BatHedge (@Hedge76) August 21, 2014
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