Apple fans show up for freedomImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future Protests took place in multiple cities Tuesday evening, organized by Fight for the Future, and supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy groups. \u201cApple\u2019s stand will help keep security threats at bay\u201d said David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, in a statement. \u201cBut we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.\u201dBraving the cold and rainImage by Caitlin McGarry There were more press than protesters at Apple\u2019s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, but that might be due to the typically terrible February weather.People who attended the rally carried giant signs with slogans like, \u201cDon\u2019t Break Our Phones.\u201d Across the country, similar rallies took place to support Apple\u2019s refusal to help the FBI get into the San Bernardino shooter\u2019s iPhone 5c. Representing in NYCImage by Caitlin McGarry Anne Marie Rossi from Bloomfield, New Jersey, took the train into Manhattan despite the biting cold, wind, and rain to show her support for Apple. Rossi has never protested before, but said she wanted to participate in Tuesday\u2019s rally for Apple because, as an iPhone owner, she admires the company\u2019s defense of privacy.High-tech protest signsImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future Many protestors held up their iPhones to display messages from \nProtestSign.org. This protest took place outside the Apple Store at The Grove, a shopping center in Los Angeles.Los AngelesImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future A protester in Los Angeles holds up an iPad mini displaying Fight for the Future\u2019s rallying cry: \u201cFBI, don\u2019t break our iPhones!\u201dOutside the flagship store in San FranciscoImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future The road outside the Stockton Street Apple Store in San Francisco has been torn up for months, as crews work to install a new subway line. And on Tuesday, the sidewalk was choked with protestors and reporters who\u2019d come to interview them.Protesters in San FranciscoImage by Oscar Raymundo \u201cPeople are rallying at Apple stores because giving the government easier access to our data, also gives everyone else, including terrorists, thieves and stalkers, easier access to our data\u2014making all of us less safe, not more safe,\u201d said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, in a statement.Lights, camera, protestImage by Oscar Raymundo The San Francisco gathering had almost as many members of the press as protesters.On the FBI's doorstepImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future Protesters gathered outside the FBI\u2019s headquarters in Washington, DC.Code Pink in DCImage by Courtesy: Fight for the Future A supporter of \nCode Pink joins the protest in Washington, DC, outside the FBI. Apple and the government continue to trade barbs in the media, leading up to the first hearing in court, scheduled for March 22 in Riverside, California.