Romania signed the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on January 26, 2012, one of 22 countries to do so. The agreement prompted a wave of criticism across the world, especially in the virtual space.
Romania signed the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on January 26, 2012, one of 22 countries to do so. The agreement prompted a wave of criticism across the world, especially in the virtual space.
People expressed their concern that the agreement, in their view, will bring nothing short of the end of the Internet as we know it today. Hundreds of Romanian journalists, bloggers and other opinion-formers joined in, releasing the entire wrath of the Internet upon the agreement and the Romanian government, which had decided to sign it without previously consulting the civil society.
Spurred on by messages from the Anonymous group, the protesters started to get organised and take to the streets. More than 100,000 people announced on Facebook that they would participate in street protests in Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Timisoara and other major cities (16 in total).
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Romania, ACTA, anti-counterfeiting