‘Never forget what they did here’: Snowden vents dismay at EU copyright reform
Shortly after the European Parliament voted to adopt Article 13 on Tuesday, Snowden, who currently resides in Russia, tweeted his disgust at the decision to pass a directive that will shift responsibility onto web platforms to enforce copyright law more stringently.Also on rt.com 'Dark day for internet freedom': EU lawmakers approve controversial copyright reform
Tweeting in German, Snowden took aim at Germany’s ruling CDU/CSU alliance, urging people to punish the parties at the ballot box.
“Never forget what they did here. Since @CDU_CSU_EP voted for never more internet freedom, the internet must never vote for more @CDU_CSU_EP. #nieMehrCDU,” he wrote.
The US government fugitive also took the opportunity to aim a barb at the EU for standing by the US and effectively exiling the whistleblower.
My German would be better if I could live there. ;]— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 26, 2019
For the most part, Snowden received widespread support for his criticism of Germany’s ruling parties, which despite at least alluding to an attempt at postponing the Article 13 vote, failed to prevent it from passing.
Definitely, May 26th are european elections. We will remember how our "representatives" treated our opinions and then went to a lobby dinner the night before the vote.— BiONiC (@Daniel_Toe) March 26, 2019
Just a kick in the face for all those 5 million people who signed the petition and those 200.000 demonstrators (including me) in Germany on Saturday. Not what you expect from a "Volkspartei" (people's party) #NieMehrCDU— console.log("Mossi"); (@DerEchteMossi) March 26, 2019
Snowden <3 pic.twitter.com/IwU4O3GK3I— Kristian (@Sen_sitive) March 26, 2019
Article 13 has faced severe criticism since it was first proposed by the European Commission two years ago and sparked major, last-minute protests across Germany in the days prior to the final vote.
Critics allege that MEPs declined to reconsider the proposed legislation and effectively rubber-stamped new rules which will have far-reaching consequences for content producers and average citizens of the EU alike.
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