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Protest march "Freedom rather than obsession with security"

Date: June 17th 2006, 2 p.m.

Location: Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany

The obsession with security is on the increase. Governmental agencies and corporations are registering, monitoring and controlling us ever more closely. No matter who we phone or talk to, where we go, who our friends are, what our interests are or which organisations we support - our "big brother" governments and "litte brother" corporations know more and more about it. This all-embracing surveillance entails substantial risks of abuse and error. The BND (German secret service) spy affair is only the latest proof of excessive surveillance damaging our democratic society.

Also, citizens concious of permanent surveillance and monitoring are unlikely to freely and courageously speak up for their rights and for the welfare of society. Permanent surveillance and monitoring produces an uncritical society of consumers who have "nothing to hide" and are prepared to give up their liberties in exchange for the delusion of total security. This is not the society we wish to live in. We reject the idea of pursuing security at any cost.

To protest against the obsession with security and total surveillance we will meet on June, 17th at 2 p.m. in Berlin at the Alexanderplatz. The protest march will leave the Alexanderplatz at 3.30 p.m.

We appeal to all citizens to join us in our protest. Politicans are to see that citizens are again prepared to go to the streets in defence of their privacy.


The call is supported by the following organisations:

  • Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung (FIfF) e.V.,
  • Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs (FoeBuD) e.V.,

Lodging Possibilities

  • A&O-Hostel Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg (starting at 20 €)
  • We are asking all participants and supporters living in Berlin to offer lodging possibilities for other participants.

Poster (display or distribute)


Under German press law you need to add the name and address of a legally responsible person before publicly distributing the flyer.


In order to support the protest march please publish this banner on your blog or homepage:

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Official protest shirt:

This shirt can be ordered for 9.10 Euro apiece until Monday, June 12th. To be payed in cash at the protest venue in Berlin. Other shirt colors than red and other sizes than L are available (color of print white only).

You can order other privacy shirts at:

Contact us

Patrick Breyer, Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung

Werner Hülsmann, FIfF e.V.

Twister - old E-Mail address - removed

Direct link (German)

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