[Fsfe-ie] Abusive caller to Proinsias De Rossa MEP

adam beecher lists at beecher.net
Wed Mar 9 16:52:30 CET 2005

It was probably Florian Mueller.

(I'll get me coat.)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: fsfe-ie-bounces at fsfeurope.org 
> [mailto:fsfe-ie-bounces at fsfeurope.org] On Behalf Of James Heald
> Sent: 09 March 2005 15:28
> To: fsfe-ie
> Subject: [Fsfe-ie] Abusive caller to Proinsias De Rossa MEP
> Fwd'ing this I've just seen from an FFII person in Brussels.
> Personal contacts with MEPs are *vital*, if we're to win the 
> vote ahead.
> We mustn't let idiots like this poison them.
> -------- Original Message --------
> I just got a phone call (from an Irish number) from a very 
> agitated assistant of Proinsias De Rossa MEP. He got a phone 
> call from an Irish person who was threatening him and being 
> very intimidating. The assistant was clearly very shocked by 
> that call and very agitated (talking extremely fast, it was 
> hard to follow at times).
> He repeated over and over again that
> a) this was not the way to get support in the EP (of course)
> b) De Rossa is not even responsible for this dossier
> c) that the person who called didn't really know anything 
> about the situation, and that De Rossa actually supports the 
> position of the EP from 2003 (he seemed to indicate that De 
> Rossa supported it back then already, but I can't find his 
> voting records... Nevertheless, there's
> this: http://www.derossa.com/asp/showdoc.asp?AREA=3&ID=522)
> d) that he really didn't accept of being intimidated like this
> I'm not sure what he expected from me, but I guess he simply 
> had to find someone to talk to about this. I of course told 
> this kind of behaviour is inacceptable, that we condemn this 
> kind of actions etc. In the end, he seemed to calm down a 
> bit, and I directed him to to the IFSO's website for possibly 
> contacting someone from Ireland related to the anti-software 
> patents fight.
> Anyway, it is not unthinkable that this person is also 
> calling other Irish MEPs, but I doubt many more will contact 
> us about it. I don't know how to react to this kind of 
> things, or how to prevent (reduce) it though.
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