Anonymous: Code of Conduct
22 rules for public protest, as given
in a video
- Rules #1 and #2 of the internet still apply. Your
memes are not, at this juncture, something that the real world can
appreciate. Although meme speak between fellow Anonymous is
acceptable, focus on the target and keep it to a minimum.
- Stay cool.
- Stay cool, especially when harassed. You are an ambassador of
Anonymous. Although individuals trying to disrupt your demonstration
will get on your nerves, you must not lose your temper. Doing so
will harm the protest and tarnish the reputation of Anonymous.
- Comply with the orders of law enforcement officers above all
else. Doing otherwise is harmful to the demonstration as a whole and
may compromise your performance as a human being. Do not request
badge numbers unless you are being treated in a very abusive manner,
as doing so will anger officers.
- Notify city officials. Most jurisdictions either have rules
about public protests, or would prefer to be notified that they are
taking place. Know the rules for your jurisdiction and abide by
- Always be across the street from the object being
- In the absence of a road, find another natural barrier between
yourself and the target of protest. Doing so will make it more
difficult for individuals hostile to your cause to come and harass
- Stay on public property. You may be charged for trespassing if
you do not.
- No violence.
- No weapons. The demonstration is a peaceful event. Your
weapons. You will not need them.
- No alcohol or pre-drinking. Violating this rule may easily
precipitate a violation of rules 1 and 2.
- No graffiti, destruction, or vandalism.
- If you want to do something stupid, pick another day. These
should be self explanatory. Violation of these rules during a
demonstration will tarnish the reputation of Anonymous, harm the
demonstration itself and leave you vulnerable to attention from law
- Anonymous is legion. Never be alone. Isolation during a protest
marks you as a target for handlers who wish to provoke an angry
reaction from you and other hostiles. In keeping with this
- Organize in squads of 10 to 15 people.
- One or two megaphones per squad. A megaphone is helpful for
maintaining the overall cohesion of a demonstration and spreading
your message. However, too many will confuse the public and render
you hearing impaired.
- Know the dress code. Forming a loose yet reasonable dress code
for protest members will help to maintain cohesion and get the
public to take you seriously.
- Cover your face. This will prevent your identification from
videos taken by hostiles, other protesters or security. Use scarves,
hats and sunglasses. Masks are not necessary, and donning them in
the context of a public demonstration is forbidden in some
- Bring water. A dehydrated, thirsty Anonymous is not a useful
- Wear good shoes. Following these rules will assure your comfort
during the demonstration. Keep in mind that demonstrations may often
be quite lengthy.
- Signs, fliers, and phrases. Have yours ready. Make sure that
signs are large enough to read. Also ensure that the text on your
signs and your phrases are pertinent to the target of the
- Prepare legible, uncomplicated and accurate flyers to hand out
to those who wish to know more regarding the motivations behind your
- Document the demonstration. Videos and pictures of the event may
be used to corroborate your side of the story if law enforcement get
involved. Furthermore, posting images and videos of your heroic
actions all over the internet is bound to generate win, exhorting
other Anonymous to follow your glorious example.
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James P. Goltz
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