This Saturday, reporters from Reason TV went to the “Stop Watching Us” rally in Washington, D.C., to interview some of the several thousand participants protesting the US government’s unprecedented domestic and international surveillance programmes under the Obama administration. The Washington protest was not the only one, however. Similar protests broke out in Austin, Birmingham, Louisville, and San Francisco, as well as in eight different cities in Germany, where public outrage over Obama’s spying campaign have reached a breaking point following revelations that he personally ordered the wire-tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private mobile phone three years ago, and has been collecting information ever since.
The movement to fight back against government surveillance has come to the forefront of political discourse in America and Europe, and opposition has grown in massive waves following WikiLeaks, the persecution of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, and rapidly crumbling relations between Washington and EU leaders now that the extent of Obama’s programmes has been revealed. Watch the video below to see what you missed on Saturday, and be sure to watch for the next wave of protests when they come to your cities, so you can participate and join the movement to stop government surveillance.