Pittsburgh law enforcement and city officials are preparing for a possible protest announced online by the activist group Anonymous.
The group has called activists together for a “National Day of Solidarity” on Friday in 37 cities across the country in light of recent events, including Pittsburgh.
Since the announcement of potential protests, rumors began circulating that the group is proclaiming a “Day of Rage”.
Reports indicate officials are now preparing for protests in a number of cities.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich says he is not sure whether protesters will descend on the city Friday, but the city will be ready just in case, reports WPXI.
“We are in close contact with the FBI, almost to the point of an hourly update. We are monitoring the intelligence along with our federal partners,” said Hissrich.
Officials say the rumors are nearly identical to a false rumor circulated in 2014.
“It appears similar to a similar threat that occurred a year ago, and it turned out to be nothing,” said Hissrich. “At the same time, we cannot take that as people will not show up.”
Anonymous tweeted that there is no “Anonymous Day of Rage,” and the twitter account that made the announcement isn’t a credible source for the group.
There is no such thing as an ''Anonymous day of rage" TheAnonMessage isn't a credible source, he has been spreading false information before
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 13, 2016
According to the Anonymous website, the potential protest affiliated with “National Day of Solidarity” is scheduled at the Pittsburgh City-County Building at 7 p.m.