Press Release # 1: Friday, 1 p.m.

The mass rally “Freiheit statt Angst” (Freedom not Fear)  has been called by a broad civil coalition of over 80 NGOs, associations and parties demanding an end to surveillance and a clear statement from the government on the surveillance scandal.
“The rally practically organized itself. Over the past weeks we’ve distributed around 150,000 flyers, posters and stickers throughout Germany. Now we’re expecting more than 10,000 participants”, says the chief organizer of the rally, the artist padeluun from the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (Working Group on Data Retention).

The German protest has made itself heard all the way to the USA. The U. S. civil rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will take part in the demonstration and has sent representatives to Berlin especially for the occasion.

The protest coalition, which includes journalists’, doctors’ and students’ associations as well as parties, unions and NGOs, demands an end to surveillance by the intelligence services and the police and a strong data protection policy in Europe. Additional speakers will include Gerd Billen  from the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, the blogger Anne Roth and Kai-Uwe Steffens from the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung.

The route of the march can be found under http://freiheitstattangst.de
For more information, the program and press contacts, see: http://freiheitstattangst.de

Press contact during the rally:
The press tent is located on Alexanderplatz in the backstage area. For photos, interviews or quotes please contact:
Cell: 0175 / 984 99 33
VOIP: 030 / 577 04 24 34 (only on September 7)
kontakt@vorratsdatenspeicherung.de
presse@digitalcourage.de
Twitter: @akvorrat, Hashtag: #fsa13
Photos of the demonstration can be found and used free of charge at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalcourage/sets/72157635372016963/

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