Occupy St. Louis protesters said they have felt threatened by St. Louis's local government and apparently Anonymous took notice, hacking into Mayor Francis Slay's website and released a list of his political supporters and contacts, as reported by The Gateway Pundit.
But it seems that some of protesters don't think this hack was really worth their cause.
According to the Occupy St. Louis forum, which posted that Anonymous had infiltrated the website, Anonymous writes:
YOU DID NOT TAKE HEED TO OUR WARNING... WE WILL NOW LEAK INFORMATION...
YOU CAN REMOVE US FROM KEINER PLAZA, BUT NOT FROM YOUR SYSTEMS!
THE BEGINNING IS NEAR!!!!
The same Occupy St. Louis forum records mixed feelings regarding the attack from protesters. One commenter under the alias "Sallas" wrote "I don't think this helped our cause one bit." Another with the username "FuzzyButtons" wrote:
The sql dump really does hurt your cause. And for what, the equivalent of an e-mail list and a couple of blog posts? Scary.
And I don't mean the information you posted is scary. I mean the fact that you think meaningless vandalism is more likely to bring change than reasoned argument or debate - that's the thing that scares me.
Yesterday, Slay's Chief of Staff, Jeff Rainford, meet with Occupy St. Louis protesters in an effort to compromise on removing them completely from Kiener Plaza. It was decided that a curfew would be put in place. According to the Fox2Now report, Rainford stated that the local authorities had turned a blind eye to many laws the protesters had been violating:
“I believe you got a different reception in the city of St. Louis than you would have gotten in Ballwin, Chesterfield, or St. Charles,” he told the forty or so protestors present. “And yet some of you think we’re bad guys. Well maybe you ought to test it out and see what reaction you would get in Ballwin, Chesterfield or St. Charles.”
During the meeting one protester accused Rainford of threatening the group, according to the local CBS channel, to which Rainford responded:
“I don’t know where you read in the newspaper, or what newspaper or tv station said that I was threatening violence. I wasn’t. It’s very easy. I condemn the violence in Oakland. I condemn violence here. I condemn violence everywhere.”
But Rainford made it clear that the curfew at Kiener Plaza will be enforced “sooner than later” with those living there in tents getting “24 hours advance
If you're interested in watching the local Fox News coverage of the meeting, watch the video report here.