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  5. <title>June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA</title>
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  7. <body>
  8. <h1>June 9: Help deliver final blow to ACTA</h1>
  9. <p>
  10. On Saturday June 9, activists across Europe are taking to the streets to
  11. protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). They
  12. demand that the European Parliament should finally reject this
  13. controversial treaty, which would greatly harm citizens' rights. The
  14. Parliament will hold a plenary vote on ACTA in July.
  15. </p>
  16. <p>
  17. A wave of popular protests in February showed policymakers that endorsing
  18. the treaty was risky. Several EU member states are wavering in their
  19. support. The Dutch parliament has even voted to prevent the government
  20. from signing the treaty. However, ACTA is not dead yet. Those in favour
  21. of a free information society need to keep up the pressure until the
  22. European Parliament finally rejects the treaty.
  23. </p>
  24. <p>
  25. Please join a protest event near you
  26. (<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/dsjW">Google map of protests</a>) on June 9,
  27. and help us keep the information society free.
  28. </p>
  29. <p>
  30. ACTA is merely one building block in a wall that is intended to lock us
  31. in and take away our freedom to share and create knowledge. Other
  32. building blocks of this wall are the recently revived IPRED2 Directive in
  33. the EU (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/governance/impact/planned_ia/docs/2011_markt_006_review_enforcement_directive_ipr_en.pdf">PDF of the European Commission's roadmap)</a>)
  34. and the <a href="http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/whats-actually-tpp">Transpacific Partnership Agreement</a>
  35. (TPP).
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