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As was recently portrayed during the Oslo Freedom Forum, Bitcoin has different use cases that can help people all around the world. One very specific group of people, who have been struggling to get the best out of the current financial system are activists. Whether these are human rights activists, environmental activists or freedom activists, their financial situation is on many occasions made difficult through the financial system.

The poorest, the least free, or the least educated people, all of those, who would know exactly how to change the system to benefit the masses, not only the few, have the hardest time setting bank accounts or even receiving any form of money other than cash. This situation then only amplifies injustice, inequality or social issues.

What is even more pressing is the fact that once people decide to do something about the problem, they meet with hurdles. Setting up a bank account is still unreachable for hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Using that account freely is just as complicated.

Moreover, since most of these bank accounts have to comply with KYC/AML practices, activists or freedom right defenders, who go against their authoritative leaders or governments have a very rough time trying to do anything that is connected to money. And without money, you cannot do many things in today’s world, let alone trying to “fight” against an oppressive leader or authoritarian government.

Problems all around the world - from Eritrea to Russia

This was for instance portrayed by Meron Estefanos. Meron is a human rights activist that is trying to help free the victims of human traffickers in Eritrea. The government of the country has almost full control over Hawala, the remittance system that relies on a network of people passing cash between countries.

Since the government of Eritrea is after Estefanos, she cannot use Hawala to send money to her mother using her name, making the operation risky. This is mostly due to her human rights advocacy, a reason why she is also staying in Sweden rather than Eritrea.

Similar problems, but on different scales, were portrayed by Leonid Volkov, Russian opposition politician and a manager of Alexey Navalny’s campaign. Volkov for instance not only stated the problem, but also its possible solution:

“After our movement was outlawed in Russia and we were forced to relocate abroad, we realized bitcoin is very important as we can use it to support our friends and colleagues back in Russia. Because otherwise, they would be receiving money from ‘terrorists.’”

Bitcoin solves the problem, Whir adds privacy

Both of them, and countless others, have turned their focus on Bitcoin. And rightfully so. The biggest cryptocurrency has everything they need and look for in a tool that should help with transmission of value across borders without any reliance on centralised entities or trust.

With Bitcoin, all they need are mobile phones and wallets that they can use to send money to each other. Thanks to that, they can not only send remittances to their families, but also buy goods or services needed not only for their activities, but also day to day life.

And if they wanted to do all of this in the most secure and private way possible, they can also use Whir. Through Whir, the users make sure that their satoshis or bitcoins are sent in a private way without anyone knowing who has sent it and who has received it.

Would you like to send or receive Bitcoin privately? Use Whir. A tool for an average Joe who wants to protect their privacy. Send from 0.001 up to 1 BTC privately, without KYC, using a CoinJoin transaction. 

Moreover, it is as simple as scanning a QR code or sending an address, something that is the same for most of the cryptocurrency transactions anyways. Yet, thanks to Whir, an additional layer of privacy is added, without any need of having an anonymous Bitcoin wallet.

"Through this, all the activists can not only stay safe, but also use the emerging financial revolution of Bitcoin, to help with their own revolutions."

Disclaimer: This article does not serve as a piece of financial advice or encouragement and inducement for the usage of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Its primary role is informative, explanatory, and educational. The readers have to decide themselves whether to use or not to use these types of services.

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