ACTA Defeated !
The vote was 478 against, 39 in favour, with 165 abstentions.
This victory was thanks to your continued pressure which helped ensure that at every step of the way Europe’s representatives voted to reject the provisions within ACTA. We know that MEPs have been inundated with emails and calls from people who, just like you, have fought tirelessly in the defence of democratic freedoms.
We referred our online poll results to the MEP's in the parliament, advising them that 97.7% of our voters were against ACTA
The peoples persistence has paid off: MEPs have listened and stood up for democracy – some of them doing so quite literally in a moment of post-vote triumph, holding placards reading ‘Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA.’
Typically when a vote does not go the way the European Commission wants, Commissioner Karel de Gucht announced, that regardless of the Parliament's rejection, the European Commission would wait for the ECJ's decision on the treaty's compatibility with fundamental rights and freedoms, before considering what to do next. This is an attempt to delay this issue further and pull the wool over the eyes of the public.
With more threats on the horizon like the “Snooper's Charter” we have begun building links with the Open Rights Group. You can find out more about they work in defending digital rights and ways you can help ORG continue to defend democracy and digital rights by on their website www.openrightsgroup.org