Activists angered by the multilateral seizure of Indymedia hard drives last October 7th will be turning over piles of old drives to intelligence agencies across the world this week, in symbolic protests against what many are denouncing as a serious violation of communication rights. The Global Action is called Operation Hard Drive-By.
The first of wave of solidarity actions took place last week in the Netherlands, where activists delivered symbolic old hardware to the Italian consulate in Amsterdam. The next day, activists in San Francisco, USA handed over hardware to the FBI. In Houston, members of the IMC delivered a letter to the Swiss consulate.
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The protests will happen all week, beginning Monday October 18th, to coincide with Media Democracy Day. Operation Hard Drive-by are already planned to happen in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Perth, Australia.
Indymedia supporters promised that Operation Hard Drive-by would escalate and spread until their demands are met. A Statement of Solidarity signed by more than 2000 people calls for the full disclosure of the names of organizations and individuals involved in the seizure, a copy of the court order, and an independent investigation into any violations of due process.