Brazilian Senators Don 'Snowden' Masks To Protest NSA Surveillance
from the good-for-them dept
During the fight over ACTA in Europe, you may remember that a key turning point was when Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes “Anonymous” masks to show their disapproval of ACTA and its non-transparent process. We may have just had a similar moment down in Brazil. Glenn Greenwald, who testified before the Brazilian Senate concerning NSA surveillance, noted that a bunch of activists showed up at the Senate with Ed Snowden masks and some Senators borrowed the masks and wore them during the hearings. There don’t appear to be any pictures of this yet (see update below), but there are some photos of the activists with the mask (thumbnail snippet below, click for the full version):
It still seems like defenders of this program don’t realize just how big an impact the revelations are having around the globe. Ratcheting up the silly rhetoric around Snowden hasn’t helped matters, other than turning Snowden into much more of a cult hero around the globe (including for many inside the US). The more the US makes a big deal about Snowden and where he’s living, the more desperate and arbitrary the US government looks. Politicians in key countries not just supporting Snowden but wearing masks with his face on it shows just how badly the US government is losing the battle for public perception on this issue.
Update: a commenter points out a video clip from Brazil that briefly shows a Senator, Eduardo Suplicy, holding up the mask: