Berlin, August 26, 2013

Press Release

Freiheit statt Angst (Freedom Not Fear)
Mass Anti-Surveillance Rally in Berlin
On Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Alexanderplatz

In a not-quite-silent attack on press freedom, a power drill was used to destroy a hard drive in the basement of the Guardian that supposedly held data from whistleblower Edward Snowden – a perfidious symbolic act of intimidation by the intelligence service.

What democracy needs is not the destruction of hard drives – it needs courageous people to defend press freedom and civil rights. And thousands of courageous people will do exactly that: on September 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. the “Freiheit statt Angst” (Freedom Not Fear) is calling a mass rally against surveillance at Alexanderplatz in the heart of Berlin.

The coalition includes unions, journalists’ associations, NGOs, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations and over 70 other organizations to date. The American civil rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a coalition member, and a representative will speak at the rally.

The start and finish of the rally has been moved to Alexanderplatz because the police and the “Freiheit statt Angst” coalition expect many more participants than when the rally was first announced, before the outbreak of the surveillance scandal. “We have been contacted by countless people who are bursting with outrage – and offering to help organize the rally by renting busses to transport participants in from throughout Germany,” reports the artist and organizer padeluun of Digitalcourage.

The coalition is protesting against the reintroduction of telecommunications data retention in Germany and against total surveillance by domestic and foreign intelligence services. The participants demand a surveillance-free democracy without violations of civil liberties and press freedom. “Two weeks before the German election, the citizens are showing that they’ve had enough of the politicians’ poor excuses and demand an investigation of the affair and the reinstatement of true civil rights,” says Rena Tangens of Digitalcourage.

Further information (in German) at

Press Contact:

Arbeitskreis gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung
c/o Digitalcourage e.V.
Rena Tangens, padeluun, Dennis Romberg
Telephone: 0521-1639 1639
Cell phone: 0175-984 99 33 (during the rally)


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