Over the whole of Sweden was demonstrated today.
It’s about ACTA, an international trade agreement that will counteract including piracy.
- You are so very angry when big companies try to push through its
legislative proposals and agreements behind people’s backs and let the
money take precedence over rights. I think it’s a disgrace, says
promoter Adam Almén to Aftonbladet.
The right to remain anonymous
He wants to protect freedom on the Internet.
- One should keep its identity. You do not have anything to hide to want to be anonymous on the Internet.
He said that many Swedes do not know what is happening, but once people understand “are not many people like it here.”
- We hope that the politicians really listen to the people.
The Pirate Party is one of several organizers behind today’s demonstrations against ACTA.
- The Pirate Party believes that the negotiation process and the
substance of ACTA is very problematic and lacks adequate transparency,
democracy and respect for privacy, says Pirate Party leader, Anna
Troberg said in a statement.
Across Sweden, people gathered to show their opposition to the controversial trade proposal.
1 000 people
Over 11 000 people announced on Facebook that they would attend at the Sergel Square in Stockholm at 12.00 today.
The number of protesters was about 1 000. In Sergel Square heard the
cries resound “No to Acta.” They were asked to hear the Pirate Party
chairman Anna Troberg, MEP Carl Schlyter (MP), MEP Mikael Gustafsson (V)
and MEP Christian Engström from the Pirate Party speak.
- Around one thousand people have emailed me in this matter. It’s
very much that a thousand people to respond, in a single question. Many
are very worried, says Carl Schlyter.
Violates Human Rights
And they are worried, rightly, according to Carl Schlyter.
- Leading professors in criminal law have directed very strong
criticism of ACTA and concluded that it is contrary to European
regulations on the protection of human rights.
In other countries, EU citizens have previously gone out and
demonstrated on the streets or in contact with their democratic
representatives to protest against ACTA.
By yesterday, hundreds of people marched in streets of Prague against the Czech parlamementet voted by the impugned agreement.