Bombers strike at virtual world
A bombing campaign has been launched by a self-styled 'liberation army' in the virtual world, Second Life.
The Second Life Liberation Army (SLLA) is detonating computer versions of atomic bombs in a campaign to establish universal suffrage in the world, which is inhabited by more than four million people from across the world.
According to its website, the SLLA is the 'military wing of a national liberation movement within second life' dedicated to establish democracy, handing residents a vote in the direction of the world.
It accuses Linden Labs as 'functioning as an authoritarian government' and the only 'appropriate response is to fight'.
It wants the company to offer shares of the site at a fixed price to residents.
The SLLA insists it will 'not seek to harm the normal operation' of the online world and will only target 'agents of the state and of strategically important sites within Second Life'.
During an 'in-world' interview SLLA political office Marshal Cahill defended the campaign saying that the 'population of the world should have a say in the running of the world'.
Linden Labs created the 3-D world in 2003 and it is a game which allows people to buy property and indulge in commerce, using the Linden Dollar, live in the virtual world and interact with other 'residents'.
Some people are even able to support themselves in the real world in the world.
One bomb was detonated outside an American Apparel store, another outside a Reebok store.
The devices themselves explode as white balls and block out part of the screen but they do not cause lasting damage.
The SLLA says when its demands are met it will 'disband and hand power back to the political wing of the movement'.
'We do the utmost to ensure the protection of creative expression within certain bounds,' Catherine Smith, the Linden marketing director is reported as saying.
'Ultimately, instances in which residents engage in simulated violence will have to be taken on a case-by-case basis.
'We believe recent events involving SLLA protest lack malicious intent. Resident reaction to such attacks has been decidedly tongue-in-cheek'.
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