Published on
Common Dreams

'Freedom Not Fear': Berlin Rallies Against 'Shameless' NSA Spying

Protesters slam NSA, Merkel for complicity and inaction

Tens of thousands poured into Berlin's streets over the weekend to protest broad surveillance by the the NSA and other intelligence agencies, under the banner of 'Freedom Rather Than Fear,' as new revelations of the broad scope of secret spying continue to set off outrage across the world.

Organizers from opposition Green, The Left, and Pirates parties say 20,000 people joined in the rally that featured signs and banners reading "Stop spying on us" and "Thanks to PRISM (the US government's vast data collection program) the government finally knows what the people want."

Protesters demanded action from Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration, which is both complicit in, and heavily targeted by, NSA spying.

"Intelligence agencies like the NSA shamelessly spy on telephone conversations and Internet connections worldwide (and) our government, one of whose key roles is the protection from harm, sends off soothing explanations," speaker Kai-Uwe Steffens told AFP reporters.


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

The protests followed last Thursday's revelations, based on documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, that US and UK intelligence agencies have defeated encryption codes that protect a wide range of online communications, including email correspondence and online banking. They also came on the heels of last Sunday's revelations that the NSA spied on the private communication of Brazilian and Mexican presidents.

In an ongoing scandal that never ceases to surprise, two new reports—presented on Sunday and based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—show that the NSA has spied on major companies and hacked into personal smart phones.

Protesters marching in Berlin (via Flickr/phopectiveberlin):


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article