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VIDEO: Anonymous activists drink urine at GCHQ protest

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

By Hayley Mortimer

Anonymous activists drink urine at GCHQ protest
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URINE was drunk by activists yesterday during a demonstration against state surveillance.

Online activist group Anonymous are staging a four-day static protest outside GCHQ in Cheltenham.

The police refused to accept a potty full of urine on behalf of GCHQ so activists ceremoniously slurped from the vessel.

Protester Mitch Anthony told We Are Change UK: "This is a dirty protest against the government taking the piss. So now we're giving the piss back".

Activists who are angry at reports that GCHQ and its American sister agency NSA have developed large programmes of mass surveillance of phone and internet traffic, organised the protest from Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1.

A posting on Facebook page GCHQ Mass Protest said: “With all the latest leaks coming out about the power of GCHQ, The NSA & Five Eyes it is high time that we showed our faces and said enough is enough.

“Think of all those images GCHQ have been spying of you and your children in your own home. It is time to fight back against this despicable violation of our privacy.”

The protest got off to a slow start yesterday with confusion over when the protests would take place and only a handful of people turned up.

Some were wearing Guy Fawkes masks - based on the main character from Alan Moore's V for Vendetta graphic novel - others wore CCTV camera masks.

Police and GCHQ had put in contingency plans. Officers were drafted in from other forces and buses took GCHQ staff into the building.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  September 02 2014, 12:51PM

    What worries me is that these idiots are allowed to breed, and we still allow them to vote too!

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  • Mudbox  |  September 01 2014, 9:13AM

    yes, and trying to keep a check on police powers is why we don't have CCTV in our homes, in a police state, IsitJimKerr.

  • spindles12  |  August 31 2014, 10:25PM

    " "Think of all those images GCHQ have been spying of you and your children in your own home. It is time to fight back against this despicable violation of our privacy." REALLY, we're being spied on IN OUR OWN HOME? I will be very surprised if they find anything interesting about me worth spying on. I wonder if the protesters realise that supermarkets like Tesco with their loyalty cards know far more about them than GCHQ! I agree with IsitJImKerr, they should be praising not protesting.

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  • TruthSeeker7  |  August 31 2014, 9:17PM

    You have to love the Citizen's reporting...first they use a photo from Friday of a protester who wasn't in attendence yesterday and then they give this a headline as though they were actually there to know for a fact that this was actually urine. Gee's, so many gullible people around who would believe anything they read in the media! lmao, jokes on you too I guess.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  August 31 2014, 4:45PM

    If you watch the video, frankly you'll p**s yourself laughing. Firstly the fat guy gets there after everyone else, ie, all three of them........................LOL! Then they can't decide who says what. Eventually he goes waffling on, something about GCHQ taking the p**s out of us. ie, them, for too long. Well let me tell you this ***boy, GCHQ have saved this country many times, and if it wasn't for them, we'd all be speaking a different language, marching to a different tune, and have had everything we hold dear torn away from us by savages. So may I respectfully ask you to reflect on just how come you have the freedom to make your 'dirty protest'?

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  • 1bobby  |  August 31 2014, 4:23PM

    They are taking the pi..!

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  • Bambi4  |  August 31 2014, 11:28AM

    "A posting on Facebook page GCHQ Mass Protest said: "With all the latest leaks coming out about the power of GCHQ, The NSA & Five Eyes it is high time that we showed our faces and said enough is enough." So.... why did they hide their faces behind masks???

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