Until yesterday, it was likely that the law would not go through. At the last minute, however, the Alliance through a cloak-and-dagger operation that the opposition called ‘a well-directed political theatre’. As a result, individual MPs that had intended to vote ‘no’ were forced into line.
Sweden’s legislators have now introduced a law on general interception of the whole population, says Falkvinge.
Yesterday, the legislators abolished the privacy of correspondence and protection of whistleblowers. It is a really, really dark black day for Sweden’s democracy and citizen’s rights activists.
The Parliament voted approval with the numbers 143 in favour, 138 against, 1 abstaining and 67 absent.
Democracy requires that the government is transparant, while ensuring that its citizens are not, ”says Falkvinge.
This law robs the citizens of their privacy, reducing the checks that can be made on the government’s power.
Now, the next step is widespread civil disobedience from the telecommunications and internet operators, which should simply refuse to comply with the law, as the internet operator Bahnhof already announced. Moreover, we are going to take this to the European Court, concludes Falkvinge.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- call Rick Falkvinge, party leader, at +46 708 303600, or
- call Christian Engström, vice chairman, at +46 706 633780