Press Release # 2, Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

“Freedom Not Fear”: Over 10,000 expected for mass protest against surveillance mania

The stage is set up, the sky is blue and the sun is shining – ideal conditions for this year’s mass rally “Freiheit statt Angst”  (Freedom Not Fear) held on Saturday in Berlin. The organizers expect more than 10,000 protesters. The marchers are demonstrating against the out-of-control surveillance state, the massive political violation of fundmental rights and the passivity of the Merkel administration in the current data protection scandal.
“The massive, sweeping collection, recording and evaluation of data that we confront today is infuriating people and making them take to the streets. The passivity of our politicians in the face of these massive violations of fundamental rights is unprecedented – they ought to be taking action to protect our civil rights,” says Rena Tangens from the protest coalition. “The scandal is not just about the NSA, it also involves governments, corporations and intelligence services from many different countries – including Germany.”

A broad coalition of civil rights organizations and networks, unions, journalists’, lawyers’ and doctors’ associations,  consulting centers such as AIDS clinics, amnesty international, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations and more than 80 other organizations has come together to call this demonstration. And civil rights activists from the USA will be flying to Berlin to send a clear signal. “We want freedom, not fear. Stop the surveillance mania,” Tangens continues.

A diverse stage program has been announced for the opening rally at Alexanderplatz (Karl-Marx-Allee) at 1 p.m. Opening speakers will include the American activist Jacob Appelbaum,  Silke Lüder from the Freien Ärzteschaft (Federation of Independent Physicians), Kai-Uwe Steffens from the Arbeitskreis gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung (Working Group Against Data Retention) and the director of Campact,  Christoph Bautz. New coalition members include the vzbv (Federation of German Consumer Organizations ), whose board member Gerd Billen will speak at the rally. Music will be provided by the Berlin singer/songwriter Max Prosa.

The march will begin around 2 p.m. The route can be found at http://freiheitstattangst.de.
The closing rally will be held around 4 p.m. at Alexanderplatz. Speakers will include Anne Roth, blogger; Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (San Francisco); Michael Rediske from Reporters Without Borders;  Christian Humborg from Transparency International and padeluun from the civil rights organization Digitalcourage.

More information, the program and press contacts can be found at: 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:
Tel. press tent: 030 / 577 04 24 34 (only on September 7)
Cell: 0175 / 984 99 33

kontakt@vorratsdatenspeicherung.de
presse@digitalcourage.de
Twitter: @akvorrat, Hashtag: #fsa13
More information can be found in the press kit:
http://freiheitstattangst.de/

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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