The ‘Anonymous’ anarchist group has used facebook to threaten protests against Pope Francis and World Youth Day, using the excuse of the cost of Brazil hosting WYD, completely ignoring the fact that Madrid WYD brought more income into Spain than the cost of hosting the event. Just to remind ‘Anonymous’ of the financial benefits that came to Madrid from its investment of € 60 million in hosting WYD:
‘Now the Confederation of Businessmen of Madrid have calculated that Madrid took in some $216 million during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The Community of Madrid estimated that WYD produced an increase of $199 million in the region’s Gross Interior Product. The contribution made by WYD was also recognized by the Madrid Consistory, which awarded the event with the Tourism Prize of the City of Madrid for promoting the city internationally. It also classified WYD as a National Patrimony.’
Here’s Agence France-Presse’s report of Anonymous’s threats, which repeats their propaganda without any questions:
‘The local branch of the global “hacktivist” group Anonymous called for a protest rally here during a meeting next week between Pope Francis and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The pontiff is due here Monday on a week-long visit to attend World Youth Day (WYD), a major Catholic youth festival expected to attract 1.5 million people.
In a call made via Facebook, Anonymous urged demonstrators to gather outside the headquarters of the Rio state government “to protest against the $90 million in public spending for the papal visit, against (Rio state) Governor Sergio Cabral and other senior officials.”
The group said the rally would also denounce “excessive police violence” during June’s mass demonstrations, when hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to demand better public services and an end to corruption.
The rally would also press for “a secular state,” it added.
“It is not about religion but about public spending,” said Anonymous, a loosely global group that has been blamed for attacks on the FBI, Visa, MasterCard, the Kremlin, global intelligence firm Stratfor and Sony Pictures Entertainment, among others.
Press reports have estimated the cost of staging WYD at between f$160 and $175 million, including $53 million from public coffers.
Protect the Pope comment: But Anonymous and the world’s media won’t be interested in the inconvenient truth that Madrid WYD made a massive return from their investment of € 60 million in hosting WYD. Anonymous are being ‘economical with the truth’ when they claim that their protest is nothing about religion but is about ‘public spending’. It’s all about the Catholic Church and Anonymous’ hostility to us, which they partially admit in their contradictory facebook statement that also claims their protest is about making Brazil a ‘secular state’. May God protect Pope Francis and the young people attending WYD.