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in Hot Topics - 09 Jun, 2012
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‘Anonymous’ activists protest today in 24 countries and 120 cities to Stop ACTA

‘Anonymous’ activists are protesting today in 24 countries and 120 cities against ACTA;
An international demonstration is taking place today in 24 countries , organized by Anonymous to protest against ACTA, an agreement that have been rejected or freezed by several countries.

According to the organizers:
Saturday the 9th of June 2012 will be an Europe-wide protest day against ACTA . While the European Commission is desperately trying to extend the deadline for the vote on ACTA, the event aims to remind the members of Parliament the importance of the mobilization against this trade agreement.

 

below you can find some of the protests taking place:

 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a multinational treaty for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.

Opponents of ACTA say it would affect fundamental rights including freedom of expression and privacy. The secret nature of ACTA negotiations process has excluded civil society groups, developing countries and the general public and it has been described as policy laundering by critics.

The signature of the EU and many of its member states resulted in the resignation in protest of the European Parliament’s appointed chief investigator, rapporteur Kader Arif, as well as widespread protests across Europe. In 2012 the newly appointed rapporteur, British MEP David Martin, recommended against the treaty, stating: “The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties”.

Wikileaks cables about ACTA can be found here: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/wikileaks-cables-shine-light-on-acta-history

 

 


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