HOW TO: Raid Virgin Soil (Raiding new places for dummies) Preamble: Basically, this is a guide for how to start up mini-raids in areas that don't have $ciloon bases or where we're presently not covering. This is written by a UK Anon so the law might vary from place to place as will customs and traditions. It is also written for those that are fairly new to the project, want to raid but can't get to a major raid site due to distances. I put all this into one place since I've repeated the same advice to both Swansea and the East Midlands in the last few weeks. Outline (or tl;dr): 1: Establish if there are Anons in the area wanted to be raided 2: Decide a location and date 3: Get a list of stuff needed together and get as much of it as possible 4: Inform the police 5: Inform the press 6: Party Hard! Step 1: Establish if there are Anons in the area that you want to raid Start a thread and see if Anons take the bait - once you feel you have enough (or just get bored of waiting) proceed to Step 2. Step 2: Decide a date and location High traffic areas are great for handing our flyers - try and find a pedestrianised area to raid since it prevents problems with the Police complaining about you blocking the pavements and other access ways. Dates are usually mutually agreed but feel free to say "I'll raid on this day and if you fuckers want to join me then feel free, otherwise I'm going solo" - sometimes this actually gets things going. Also, arrange escorts for non-locals by locals to the raid site from major transport sites. Often exchanging Anonymous phone numbers helps this since lack of real time communication is a pain when you're away from the tubes. Step 3: Draw up a list of stuff needed and get as much of it as possible Usually includes: Anons - click here to get the masks Music (trollcannon or otherwise) Megaphone Signs Flyers Caek etc Step 4: Inform the local police In my experience in the UK, this is optional - a standing picket in a public place that requires no road closure does not require Police permission unless it is in London and some larger city centres (if you're in those areas then contact the local cell since it already exists, in all likelihood). Building up a decent rapport with the police helps since it means they will usually leave you alone after the first or second raid unless complaints from Scilons or Joe Public are recieved. Example: The police in Bristol were sent a letter in July when we raided on 5th. The officer who turned up didn't know we were coming (despite the letter and the phone call the day before) - the control room simply told him to go to our raid site because they'd seen us on CCTV. He spent around 30mins with us talking and reading our literature before wishing us all the best and going off to do some paperwork. The next raid, we had a PCSO (officer without powers of arrest) come to see us and after that we've had no problems or contact with them (despite regular letters to warn them of raids) whatsoever. PM me for a sample letter that Bristol have been sending to Avon and Somerset constabulary since July. Step 5: Inform the local press Write a press release for your local papers and radio stations. In all likelihood they'll ignore you completely but do it anyway since they eventually respond. There are sample press releases on the forums and I can provide a sample via PM if necessary. Step 6: Party hard! Arrive in good time on raid day (Saturday/early mornings are Anon's worst enemy) and observe all the major rules set out in the Code of Conduct. Don't forget pix or it didn't happen. Notes: This is by no means complete - it was hammered out in 20mins based on my previous experience with helping organise raids in Bristol. Those of greater insight and experience are welcome to provide their pearls of wisdom in which case I will upate this as soon as possible.