Anti-ACTA activists protest across Europe
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Guy Fawkes masks were on display in cities across Europe yesterday as part of a protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international trade agreement on copyright and that opponents believe will limit free speech online.
Organisers of the protest said about 100,000 people turned up in German cities such as Berlin, , , and . In Berlin, police estimated 6,500 protestors. Protests also took place in Paris, Sofia in Bulgaria, in Lithuania, in Malta, in Estonia, and Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. In London, about 200 people protested outside some major copyright holders' offices. Last month, there were major protests in Poland when that country signed ACTA, which has led to the Polish government deciding not to ratify the agreement, for now. Latvia and Slovakia have both delayed the process of joining ACTA.
Jim Killock from the, a UK digital civil liberties campaigning group, said ACTA was "undemocratic", "lacked scrutiny", and was "setting up dangerous new pressures to censor the internet".
The United Kingdom have signed ACTA, along with 21 other EU countries. Germany and the Czech Republic have held out on agreeing to it, awaiting a debate on the matter in the European Parliament in June. , the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the UK's , claims signing the treaty was important to help bring about "common enforcement standards and more effective international cooperation" in intellectual property law.
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