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Guatemala City (Guatemala) - Around 50 people attended the information talk about privacy and surveillance. After that people from OLPC, from community radios from México and Northern Guatemala, international members, developers and activists joined to the conversation. The Freedom Not Fear action was within the framework of the Social Forum Americas- Guatemala 2008.

Buenos Aires (Argentine)- Just now, there are information talks about public privacy, data retention and data protection and workshops about encryption and chaoscomputing in the center of the union of argentine university lecturers/ Pasco 255/ downtown Buenos Aires. The activities startet at 3 pm (8pm CET).

Paris (France) - The protest went on until 5.30 pm. After the demonstration the NGO Humanrights presented their work in front of about 100 people. More are to be expected to attend the party which is following the event. --Newsflash 19:36, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Washington (USA) - United States activists used the Global Action Day to call on people to go out on the streets and take pictures of camera surveillance. The pictures can be posted in their own blog. In the United states, Washington DC only, EPIC has already done this on this page. --Newsflash 19:29, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Vienna (Austria) - A live camera performance with 20 persons will begin in a few minutes in front of the Museumsquartier. --Newsflash 18:53, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Guatemala City (Guatemala) - A presentation about data privacy with Frederico Heinz from the Organisation Vialibre will begin in 15 minutes at the University of San Carlos, at the department Transferencia de Technologia More information is available here. --Newsflash 18:17, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Stockholm (Sweden) - The demonstration with about 300 participants has ended at 4.30 pm. Among the protestors were members of the Swedish parliament, Max Andersson and Kalle Larsson. --Newsflash 17:52, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Berlin (Germany) - The demonstration has reached a record number of more than 100.000 participants. The front part of the demonstration has arrived at the Platz des 18. März. The rest is expected to arrive in short time. The opening speech will be held by Dr Motte. --Newsflash 17:39, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Prague (Czech Republic) - 1000 protestors are heading towards the street Nabrezi Capitana Jarose in the city centre. The demonstration is going peacefully. --Newsflash 17:27, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Copenhagen/Aarhus/Odense (Denmark) - 40 activists were handing out 500 anti-tracking software CDs from 12 pm on public squares of their respective cities. Other events and parties are following in the evening. (About 9 pm) Pictures from today´s happening will be available tomorrow. --Newsflash 17:27, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Paris (France) - The rally in the centre of Paris now has about 400 people and is nearing the Place de Stalingrad. --Newsflash 17:04, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Vienna (Austria) - On the Stephanplatz 40 activists are staging a thematic play with the citizens watching it. Afterwards there will be a rally in front of the parliament. --Newsflash 17:04, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

The Hague (Netherlands) - Since 12 pm 2500 to 3000 people have gathered in The Hague awaiting speeches from representatives of the European parliament. There also are music, entertainment and art performances. The event will continue until about 5 pm. --Newsflash 16:04, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Stockholm (Sweden) - Under bad weather conditions about 200 protestors have gathered in Stockholm. --Newsflash 15:48, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Participants in Macedonia

Skopje (Macedonia) - Working at the information desk, 50 voluntary have been handing out about 3000 flyers to interested citizens. The day before there had been a public discussion about the topic at the university of Skopje. Pictures will be available tomorrow. --Newsflash 15:40, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Berlin (Germany) - The protest started moving. Coming from the Neptunbrunnen it is now heading towards the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße. --Newsflash 15:28, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Paris (France) - About 200 protestors are moving peacefully through the city centre. The protest will end at about 8 pm. Afterwards there will be a party. --Newsflash 15:19, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Berlin - before the protest march starts, already 15,000 participants have gathered at Alexanderplatz --Newsflash 14:49, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Praha (Czech Republic) - So far about 400 demonstrators have gathered peacefully at Štvanice Island since 1 pm. At 4 pm there will be a demonstration to the city centre. --Newsflash 14:43, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Berlin (Germany) - The demonstration has started at Alexanderplatz with 10,000 participants. The first speaker is privacy activist padeluun. The protest march will start at about 3 pm. --Newsflash 14:28, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Sofia (Bulgaria) - In front of the Bulgarian Parliament a peaceful demonstration was held with about 200 participants against Data Retention and for Digital Rights Protection in Bulgaria. Many media representatives were present; the protest was supported by members of Bulgarian Parliament and of EU Parliament. --Newsflash 14:18, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Vienna (Austria) - At 1 pm, 15 activists performed a role play in front of the Parliament. They carried signs which pointed out consequences of surveillance and data retention. Subsequently there was a demonstration; later there will be another performance at Stephansplatz titled "presentation on identifying and tracing individuals" at the Museumsquartier at 6.30 pm. --Newsflash 14:08, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Rome (Italy) - A conference on Civil Rights and surveillance titled "Salvare i diritti civili, fermare l'escalation della sorveglianza" ("Save Civil Rights, stop escalation of surveillance") was held at the Palazzo Valentini. Many lawyers and politicians participated, among the speakers were the lawyer Stephano Aterno, member of EU parliament Marco Teduca and EU representative Marco Cappato. --Newsflash 13:52, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Berlin (Germany) - At 1.30 pm, 1500 demonstrators had already gathered at Alexanderplatz. The demonstration will officially start at 2 pm. --Newsflash 13:52, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Madrid (Spain) - CCTV Mapping Party Starting from 11 am activists will meet in Madrid and Barcelona to document and photograph surveillance cameras and other security systems and to protest against the surveillance of public space. --Newsflash 10:53, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Sofia (Bulgaria) - Start of demonstration for digital rights
At 11 am (local time) the demonstration started at the National Parliament. So far more than 100 people have gathered to demonstrate for a liberal Internet legislature in Bulgaria and to protest against data retention. There will be further events in the course of the day. --Newsflash 10:30, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Rome (Italy) - worldwide action day started
At 9.30 a conference titled "Salvare i diritti civili, fermare l'escalation della sorveglianza" ("Save the Civil Rights, stop the escalation of surveillance") started at the Palazzo Valentini. Various speeches will be held until 1pm. --Newsflash 10:04, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

Assembly of the stage at the Brandenburger Tor

Berlin - Preparations for the great demonstration have finished already.
The first event to take place as part of the International Action Day will be a conference about the topic "Save civil rights, stop surveillance escalation" which will be held in Rome at 9:30 CEST.--Newsflash 00:35, 11. Okt. 2008 (CEST)

The content of the actions listed above is within the responsibility of the respective organisers. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung.

Common Press release will follow soon

Author: Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (Working Group against Data Retention),

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