Apple is known for the massive lines that form at its stores on the day of a new product release, but yesterday afternoon it was a more meager crowd assembled outside the company’s flagship Fifth Avenue store.
“Don’t break our phones,” a group of about 17 people chanted outside the glass cube as blustery winds sprayed rain on their faces. Some held soggy signs shaped like iPhones that read, “Secure phones save lives.” Others held up their devices to display glowing “No entry” signs. Most people walking into the Apple store barely noticed them.
The gathering, however modest, was one of nearly 50 small rallies that took place around the world — from Anchorage, Alaska, to London — Tuesday to demonstrate support for Apple’s legal battle against the FBI over keeping its phones encrypted.
Read Privacy activists rally to support Apple in encryption fight with FBI by Alyssa Bereznak/Yahoo News.