Germany: Berliners protest mass surveillance outside new BND HQ

Around 150 people protested outside the new headquarters of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin on Saturday, citing public opposition to mass surveillance being carried out by domestic and international intelligence agencies. The protest was organised by Amnesty International, alongside other civil rights groups, including Reporters Without Borders. Demonstrators joined together to form a symbolic human chain outside the unfinished building, which is due to be completed in 2017, after several costly delays. The demonstration comes in the wake of last year's revelations of widespread surveillance of German politicians by the United States' National Security Agency (NSA). Next week, the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the scandal will reconvene.

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