About 150 people turned up at the first ever Occupy Mumbai protest, called for by the India wing of international hacktivist group Anonymous at Azad Maidan on Saturday. The event, part of a nationwide protest against internet censorship as practiced by internet service providers (ISPs) across the country, witnessed a thin turnout, despite more than 2,400 confirmations on the event's Facebook page.
The agenda for the evening was to protest against the blocking of file-hosting and file-sharing websites by major ISPs following an injunction issued by the Madras HC on March 29.
As per the instructions given by Anonymous on their blog and Facebook page, most protesters were dressed in black and sported Guy Fawkes masks, which were being sold at the venue for Rs. 200 by a Crawford Market-based vendor.
Songs by artistes such as Bob Dylan were played, the lyrics of which speak about rebellion and revolution.
The protesters also lashed out at the government, particularly Kapil Sibal, minister of communications and IT, for trying to police the internet.
Protesters were seen distributing leaflets, which alleged that the government was framing laws to invade privacy and censor free speech. While most protesters agreed that the movement was a good start to educating people about the cause, others admitted that they were disappointed with the turnout.