Refugee families in Hong Kong under massive pressure - Supporting courage, commitment and responsibility to preserve freedom and privacy
Just in time for Christmas, the MCI can present "Snowden's Guardian Angels" with a special treat. The Guardian Angels consist of refugee families living in Hong Kong who hid and sheltered the world-renowned whistle blower Edward Snowden for several weeks following his publication of illegal surveillance practices – which had previously been considered impossible – until he was allowed to leave Hong Kong.
Since then, these families have been under massive political and economic pressure, which in turn led to the spontaneous decision for the MCI to fundraise the touching speech given by Edward Snowden at the Entrepreneurial School®. US $10,000 were raised for Snowden's Guardian Angels. Rector Andreas Altmann summarizes the motives of the Entrepreneurial School®: "The MCI is not interested in the omnipresent political topic of migration and refugeeism, but rather supporting courage, commitment and the responsibility to preserve freedom and privacy as well as the defence of values and a functioning civil society against threatening developments towards an omnipresent surveillance state. “Tendencies of a 'Big Brother is watching you' are to be opposed decisively", is the urgent appeal of the Rector of the Entrepreneurial School®.
"Surveillance is everyone's business, even if you feel you don't have to hide anything. It's about safeguarding the privacy and personal freedom of each individual; about the right to make mistakes that cannot be reproached after 20 years and about the possibility of communicating with whoever, whenever, and about whomever one wants without unknowingly exposing yourself to problematic situations," said Edward Snowden's visibly agitated lawyer Robert Tibbo upon receipt of the cheque. "The refugee families have been under massive political and economic pressure since their selfless commitment. MCI's donation comes at just the right time and will contribute greatly to securing the families for the next few months."