Apple fans show up for freedom
Protests took place in multiple cities Tuesday evening, organized by Fight for the Future, and supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy groups. “Apple’s stand will help keep security threats at bay” said David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, in a statement. “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.”
Braving the cold and rain
There were more press than protesters at Apple’s 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, “Don’t Break Our Phones.” Across the country, similar rallies took place to support Apple’s refusal to help the FBI get into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c.
Representing in NYC
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’s rally for Apple because, as an iPhone owner, she admires the company’s defense of privacy.
High-tech protest signs
Many protestors held up their iPhones to display messages from ProtestSign.org. This protest took place outside the Apple Store at The Grove, a shopping center in Los Angeles.
A protester in Los Angeles holds up an iPad mini displaying Fight for the Future’s rallying cry: “FBI, don’t break our iPhones!”
Outside the flagship store in San Francisco
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’d come to interview them.
Protesters in San Francisco
“People 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—making all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, in a statement.
Lights, camera, protest
The San Francisco gathering had almost as many members of the press as protesters.
On the FBI's doorstep
Protesters gathered outside the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Code Pink in DC
A supporter of Code 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.