September 21, 2019
VARIOUS militant groups held a rally on Friday in Luneta Park in Manila to condemn Martial Law’s declaration 47 years ago.
The Manila Police District (MPD) estimated about 1,200 participants attended from such groups as the Kilusang Mayo Uno, Salinlahi, Bahaghari, Bukluran ng Mangagawang Pilipino, Kadamay and Democratic Independent Workers Association; and party-lists Anakbayan, Kabataan, Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela.
Present during the protest rally were leftist figures former Bayan Muna party-list representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño; Anakbayan national spokesman Alex Danday; labor organizer Danilo “Ka Danny” de la Fuente who was arrested during the Martial Law period; and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela.
The group condemned President Rodrigo Duterte and his government for the “Red-tagging” of activists, “harassment” youth groups inside educational institutions, and urban militarization of Naga City.
According to the group, President Duterte is no different from then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Nagpapatuloy ang paglaban ng kabataan upang wakasan ang bagong diktador na si Duterte (The struggle of the youth continues to end the regime of the new dictator Duterte),” Danday said.
“Kagaya noong panahon ni Marcos, ang tanging lugar ng isang traydor, pahirap, at diktador na rehimen ay sa basurahan ng kasaysayan (Similar to Marcos, the only place for a traitor, [who caused the suffering of people] and a dictator is in the dustbin of history),” she added.
Marcos declared Martial Law on Sept. 21, 1972.
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