February 11th named a day of ACTA protest across Europe2012-02-02 1
Today the “new global movement for digital freedom” called Access rallied the entire online community to join forces in protest for the international day against ACTA on February 11.
“There are new events springing up every day across the world,” said Acess’s policy analyst Raegan MacDonald. “We are expecting tens of thousands of people to take to the streets in opposition to this Treaty. We are astounded by the response and passionate opposition.”
ACTA, which was secretly negotiated by a handful of countries, lacks democratic credibility and could endanger free speech and privacy online. By encouraging ISPs to police their customers, the agreement would threaten the fundamental rights of citizens. Campaigns against the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US proved successful, with giants like Google and Wikipedia rallying in solidarity with enraged web activists in protest. Now Europe is following suit, and we’re hoping the result will be as favorable. It’s up to YOU to prepare for the day. Spread the news, and read up on why you should.
“We are supportive of all those who have been organizing these protests and will peacefully demonstrate on this day of action,” said MacDonald. Will Berliners remain as peaceful?
Already, 1,534 participants have agreed to attend on the Berlin Facebook page.
The EU recently published a series of online documents countering activists’ claims that ACTA lacks democratic credibility, poses a threat to free speech and threatens privacy.
You can sign the petition to call on the EP to vote no on ACTA here and see all the ACTA Protests Worldwide, check out the full map.
Here’s the full list of German demonstrations:
Image credit: flickr user kurrija.