Farmers hurl paint bombs at Camp Crame

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 22:08:00 10/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Leftwing farmers stormed the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters Monday afternoon and hurled red paint bombs at its gate to protest the rebellion charges filed by Batangas provincial police against 27 farmers.

“It may be true that the incidents of extrajudicial killings have lessened in the past months, but the Arroyo regime hasn’t changed its policy of political repression. The regime still aims to neutralize militant progressive organizations, only this time by fabricating criminal cases against leaders and members of these organizations,” said Imelda Lacandazo, Kasama-TK spokesperson.

Carrying protest banners, about 50 members of the farmer’s group Katipunan ng Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK) condemned the PNP’s alleged move to “actively persecute” farmer activists.

The group held a short program outside Camp Crame. As they were about to leave, some activists suddenly threw paint bombs at the walls of the PNP headquarters, prompting policemen to confiscate their placards and other protest paraphernalia.

No one was hurt nor arrested in the incident.

“Arroyo’s administration’s policy to liquidate and criminalize activists is evident in the numerous words she tags activists and members of the opposition. She has gone from calling us terrorists to destabilizers, a term she has again called those who recently filed a new impeachment complaint against her,” Lacandazo said.

“Aside from problems of landlessness, the corruption in government agricultural agencies, farmers are dealt with political repression if they voice-out their grievances,” she said.

Police in Batangas have filed charges against the 27 farmers for the September 7 attack on a cell site of Globe Telecom in Taysan town, Batangas.


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