Although the German government rejected Edward Snowden’s request for asylum, the German Pirate Party would be happy to welcome him to Germany. So happy, in fact, that today at 1 PM Pirates were waiting to welcome Mr. Snowden at eight airports throughout Germany, like these four in Hannover!
While no-one seriously expected Mr. Snowden to arrive in Germany today, the demand to grant him asylum and protect him from extradition is very serious. He took a huge risk to let the world know about the massive surveillance. We should thank him for that, and not let the US hunt him down. It is a shame that the whistleblower who made the US government’s crimes public is now treated as if he was the criminal. The second demand connected to today’s event is for the EU to decisively take action against spying now. Pirate Parties worldwide have published a joint six step plan towards that goal.
I didn’t know about the welcome committee event beforehand, but when I started to see photos floating around Twitter, I decided to collect them. And here they are:
Bernd.Pirat (@BerndPirat) July 06, 2013
Benjamin Stöcker (@einfachBen) July 06, 2013
Rebecca W. (@angel_on_dragon) July 06, 2013
Cologne Bonn Airport
Ben Utzer (@utzer) July 06, 2013
Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Schiffsmädchenjunge (@DudeMinds) July 06, 2013
Berlin Tegel Airport
Bruno Kramm (@BrunoGertKramm) July 06, 2013
Already seen above, but someone might wonder why the list contains only seven airport names otherwise.
- The German Pirate Party has a press release (2013-07-08, German) and a video.
- Melanie Kalkowski (the lady to the left on the picture from Düsseldorf Airport), top candidate of the North Rhine-Westphalia Pirate Party for the upcoming German federal election, has written about the event on her blog (2013-07-07, German).
- She was also interviewed for the Pirate Party’s “Krähennest” podcast. The podcast is in German, but it includes a dual-language announcement for Mr. Snowden made over the official speaker system at Düsseldorf Airport (at 1:13).