Peaceful protests are demonstrations where the masses come together to make a scene and occupy space. By blocking the process in question or occupying a platform to spread their message protesters are denying service to those they disagree with in one way or another. The Paypal 14 are a group of anonymous activists that denied service to financial corporations for their unwillingness to process online donations for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Now the entire idea of free speech online is on trial. By occupying all the available traffic for the companies websites service to their customers was temporarily interrupted. No data was stolen, systems breached, computers destroyed, not even the smallest views was involved. The team of 14 essentially pressed the refresh button too many times. Could that really be a crime?
U.S. Puts Internet Protests On Trial