Canada – RCMP shot and killed a man wearing an Anonymous mask outside a restaurant in Dawson Creek last night. (Updates below)
According to police reports the shooting took place outside the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant at the Stonebridge Hotel on Highway 2 near the outskirts of the city. RCMP were called to the restaurant around 6:30 p.m. last night to reports of a man disrupting and damaging property at a BC Hydro open house on the Site C dam project.
Open House Hydro had been holding the event to update the public on construction timelines for the $8.8-billion hydro dam on the Peace River.
The IIO says police arrived on scene and encountered a man wearing a mask outside the restaurant, and believed him to be connected to the complaint. At some point, a confrontation occurred and police shot the masked man. He was taken to the hospital where he later died of his wounds, according to the IIO. No officers or other civilians were injured, IIO spokeswoman Kellie Kilpatrick told the Alaska Highway News.
The office says it will not be commenting on any of the officers involved in the shooting, or releasing details on the identity of the dead man, or where he was shot.
Police are not saying specifically whether this was the same man escorted out of the Hydro event and have not verified what kind of mask the man was wearing. It remains unclear if the man was armed with a knife and what attempts if any, he had made toward officers. What is clear, is the man that was shot by RCMP was identified from a video of his body as wearing an Anonymous mask.
Investigators from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) were expected to be in Dawson Creek around 11 a.m.
Guy Fawkes mask
A man waiting in the parking lot an hour after the shooting said another man showed him a cell phone video taken of the body. He had never met the man before and did not know his name.
“He had a video he showed me, and he zoomed in to see what mask it was. [The man who took the video] didn’t know that it was called a Guy Fawkes mask,” said the man.
The mask is a symbol of an affiliation with the global hacktivist group know as Anonymous.
The man who saw the video said he did not want his name used, saying he was new to the area and that his employment prospects could be impacted.
A video uploaded to Facebook with the caption “Shot because the guy showed a knife” shows the moments after the shooting. We have attempted to get a statement from the person who uploaded the video to Facebook to ask him what he saw before he began recording and will update this article should new information become available.
Curtis Pratt was attending the open house and saw the man disrupting the event.
“He was flipping over the tables, and he walked around and started knocking the posters off, they had them on the stands and he was knocking them off. Then he went back and started tearing up the pictures and the maps,” Pratt said.
“I never saw anyone escort him out [of the building.]They just ushered him out through the door there and they were in another part of the building so we never saw after that what was going on. It seemed like everything was fine.”
Immediately following the breaking news of the shooting @YourAnonNews, the largest Anonymous account on twitter began vowing to avenge their fallen comrade.
Like we will not fight back, like we will not avenge our fallen. #AnonLivesMatter Fucking Expect Us.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 18, 2015
Anonymous Press Release: Operation Anon Down
Saturday – July 18, 2015 4:00 PM ET
At approximately 6:30 PM PT on July 17, 2015 at an Anonymous protest in Dawson Creek, British Columbia which the RCMP was informed about in advance, an RCMP officer mercilessly shot and killed a masked Anon without provocation or cause. This is the fourth Anon to be slain by security forces around the world in as many years. Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and now British Columbia in Canada. As in the past, Anonymous will not stand idly by while our own are cut down in mask. Anonymous has fought for the lives of protesters all over the globe, from Tahir Square in Egypt to Ferguson, Missouri. We will most certainly avenge one of our own when they are cut down in the streets while protesting the earth wrecking environmental policies of the Canadian government.
To this end Anonymous announces the launch of Operation Anon Down. The focus of this Op going forward will be gaining justice (and vengeance if necessary) for our fallen comrade in Dawson Creek. But we will also memorialize our previously slain brethren, and prepare to take action for future Anons killed by police – as we have no doubt they will cut down more of us.
To begin we will identify the RCMP officer involved, thoroughly dox him – and release that dox on the Internet. Because the world has a right to know every detail about killer cops. We will offer support and raise funds if necessary to cover the burial expenses of our fallen comrade. He will be buried with the honor and dignity that his courage has earned him. We will ensure that he is never forgotten, and takes his place in the growing ledger of brave Anonymous martyrs around the world. Then we will press the RCMP and Canadian government for justice. This RCMP officer must be named, fired, and charged – for the murder of our brother Anon. And if we do not receive justice, rest assured there will be revenge.
We call upon our fellow Anons in Canada to take to the streets and protest at the RCMP headquarters in every Province, every day – until our demands for justice are met. We call upon the Global Collective of Anonymous and allied crews to remove the RCMP cyber infrastructure from the Internet. March, create and sign petitions, hack, dox. We may not be able to bring back our fallen comrade, we may not even be able to prevent other Anons from being slain by murderous police – but we can sure as hell show them that there will be a steep price to pay when they kill us.
“Behind this mask there is more than flesh and blood
Behind this mask is an idea
And ideas are bullet proof”
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Are Everywhere
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
To the murderous officers of the RCMP…it is to late to Expect Us
Website – www.OperationAnonDown.cf
Twitter – @OpAnonDown
And we confirm that he was a good and solid Anon, AND a member of First Nation Treaty 8. | @YourAnonCentral
— Operation Anon Down (@OpAnonDown) July 18, 2015
Because we actually know his identity. We will not release it until we are certain his family has been notified. | @YourAnonCentral
— Operation Anon Down (@OpAnonDown) July 18, 2015
On Sunday the RCMP website was unavailable.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 19, 2015