Saturday, January 22, 2011

Filipino farmers, students hold protests in Davao City

Militant farmers under Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Southern Mindanao stage a rally in Davao City in the southern Philippines to demand justice for the victims of the Mendiola massacre. The Mendiola massacre, also called Black Thursday, was an incident that took place in Mendiola Street in San Miguel in Manila near the Malakanyan Palace on January 22, 1987, in which state security forces violently dispersed a farmers' march on the President’s residence. Thirteen of the peasants were killed and many wounded when government anti-riot forces opened fire on the marchers. The group also called for the passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill authored by progressive party lists in Congress. And members of League of Filipino Students in Davao City also staged a street protest against the recent price hikes in oil, rice and other basic commodities and the group also lambasted President Benigno Aquino III who recently bought a Porsche 911 worth over P4 million while many Filipinos live in hunger. (Karlos Manlupig)

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