Anonymous Calls for BDS vs. U.S. to Take Down Trump
The global hacktivist collective Anonymous called for a boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against the United States in an effort to take down the Trump administration.
In the statement posted online late Monday, accompanied by a video of clips of President Trump's campaign, Anonymous called on countries, entities and individuals to "establish travel bans on United States citizens, boycott U.S. made products, divest of U.S. or Trump-related business interests, and apply sanctions on the Trump regime and all of its associates until the danger the United States today possesses against the world is resolved."
"Reciprocity measures must be enacted against the United States to challenge its shameless actions under the Trump regime. Global response must also come in the form of economic sanctions on products directly associated with the Trump corporate brand," the statement continued.
"As citizens of the world we must unite against tyranny wherever it emerges and challenge it. As Trump reveals himself to be a danger not just for the U.S. but the rest of the international community it is our right to protect and defend ourselves from the madness of rogue entity with no regard for international law, human rights, or common decency."
Public discontent with Trump among self-identified Anonymous hackers has increased in the first days of the new administration, with members of the collective posting a guide on how to hack the unsecured Android phone Trump still uses and members warning others that an executive order on internet security is forthcoming.
Since the election, though, Anonymous has warned that the group is poised to release damaging information on the president.
"You have financial and personal ties with Russian mobsters, child traffickers, and money launderers," a heavily followed Anonymous account tweeted at Trump on Jan. 15. "This isn't the '80s any longer, information doesn't vanish, it is all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years."
In response to Trump proclaiming his inauguration day the National Day of Patriotic Devotion, Anonymous declared a National Day of Resistance, proclaiming, "A new humanity stirs the Anonymous hearts and inspires the Anonymous actions. We are united as one and divided by zero."
After Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by Trump on Monday evening, Anonymous called on federal employees to go rogue: "To all U.S. government officials: It should now be abundantly clear you're working for a fascist. Resist. Refuse. Leak documents. We need you," tweeted a high-traffic Anonymous account.
In the new BDS call, Anonymous asked "the international community from all backgrounds and ideologies, across social stratas and religions, to resist the madness leaking out of the United States."
"We call for the creation of global boycotts against U.S.-made products, we call on you to contact your representatives and members of parliament and congress to apply sanctions on the Trump regime, we call on you to take part in divestment of U.S. shares," the statement continued. "BDS the US until the maleficent Trump regime is brought to justice."