Sack MPD chief and police forces involved in dispersal
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas strongly condemns the successive violent dispersals carried out by state forces against indigenous peoples’ protests at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday and at the US Embassy in Manila this morning.
“These acts of violence against legitimate protests clearly reveals the state’s policy of terror against its people. It is also reflective of the police and military’s allegiance and mendicancy to the US and foreign dictates. It is ironic that just actions asserting self-determination and a stop to militarization and state fascism are met with the same brutal force,” said KMP Secretary General Antonio Flores.
More than a thousand indigenous peoples breached the police barricade and held a program in front of the US Embassy. Police and SWAT forces lead by Manila Police District Marcelino Pedrozo Jr. violently dispersed the protest as the program was winding down.
The police fired teargas and water cannon at the protesters. Several other rallyists were mauled and arrested by police. The police also attacked photojournalists covering the rally.
Police forces also rammed a police mobile car at the protesters, hurting scores of people. At least 50 were reportedly injured in the violent dispersal.
“PNP Chief Edgardo ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa will be answerable for this violence committed against civilians. We demand Bato to sack all the police officers involved in the violent dispersal, including MPD chief Pedrozo,” Flores said.
“Peoples’ actions and rallies will never cease. We are ready to face state violence with even more mobilizations,” the KMP leader concluded. ###
Photo by Kate Yamzon used with permission.