Modest Turnout at Tornado Cash Protest in Amsterdam

Modest Turnout at Tornado Cash Protest in Amsterdam

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A rally in support of arrested Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev drew a rather small crowd.

Modest Turnout at Tornado Cash Protest in Amsterdam
Last week, Ksenia Malik, the wife of arrested Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev, protested against her husband's isolation following his arrest.
She was backed up by an organized rally in Amsterdam's Dam Square last Saturday, August 20. According to reporting by CoinDesk, more than 50 people gathered to show their disapproval of the perceived injustice.

Though Dutch authorities have still to comment on which laws Pertsev allegedly broke, the protest drew a rather meek turnout, with CoinDesk reporting that many demonstrators were reluctant to comment on legal issues.

However, most were concerned by the wider implications of this arrest for the future of the blockchain industry. Roman Buzko of law firm Buzko Krasnov is quoted as saying:

"It's a case where the fundamental principle of crypto is being questioned."

CoinDesk reports that demonstrators chanted "open source [code] is not a crime" and waved placards in support of Pertsev. Eléonore Blanc, founder of Web3 events and consultancy company, said:

"[The arrest] goes against everything I've been working on for the last couple of years [...] this is creating a chilling effect that goes against innovation, that goes against the community."

Several others worried about the implications for other areas of web development and holding Pertsev responsible for "criminals using his code for doing illicit activity."

However, Dutch authorities may have had a watchful eye on the protestors, who were also waving signs saying "Boycott Israel," "Hands off Cuba," "Jesus was Black," "Stop organ harvesting from Falun Gong" and "Democracy is back in Bolivia."

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