Silencing democracy, 2 million signatures at a time

Today brings an AP report via The Washington Post that the EU Parliament is about to receive a petition with 2 million names opposing adoption of ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The petition says:

We call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which would destroy it.

The chair of Parliament’s Petition Committee commented that Parliament now has “an even bigger responsibility to listen to the European people”.

A couple of weeks ago, after tens of thousands took to the streets of Europe to protest against ACTA, a coalition of content-industry lobbying groups circulated a letter to European officials criticizing these protests as “silencing the democratic process”. In the looking-glass Wonderland inhabited by trade associations and their corporate feeding troughs, “the democratic process” is what happens in closed-door meetings of power brokers, where no intrusion by citizens is allowed.

If the EU Parliament successfully fulfills its “even bigger responsibility”, today’s petition will silence permanently the perversion of democracy practiced by the content cartel and enable us all to hear the sounds of real democracy.


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