A woman wearing a mask depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a mock telescope during a “Freiheit Statt Angst” (Freedom instead of Fear) protest calling for the protection of digital data privacy and the reigning in of digital surveillance practices, in Berlin August 30, 2014. (Reuters/Thomas Peter )
The rally in Berlin against federal surveillance gathered thousands of people under the motto ‘Freedom not fear,’ who were calling for stricter control of German intelligence agencies.
The organizers said about 6,500 demonstrators, a broad coalition of pro-transparency, anti-surveillance and civil rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, Digital Courage, and Amnesty International joined the rally as they marched from the Brandenburg Gate to the Federal Chancellery.
A demonstrator holds a placard depicting German chancellor’s Angela Merkel and US President Barck Obama reading “That does not work” (Das geht gar nicht) during a demonstration against governmental surveillance on August 30, 2014 in Berlin. (AFP/DPA)
The disclosures of the last months showed the whole world that the right to privacy is being dramatically eroded,” Sebastian Schweda of human rights organisation Amnesty International warned.
He encouraged people to show solidarity and said:“The game that is being played here is not USA versus Germany or the ‘Five Eyes’ against the rest of the world. The game is government versus the people! Let us not give up prematurely when it comes to surveillance! Time is on our side!”
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