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ACT Teachers solon wants investigation into violent police actions against protesters

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PRESS RELEASE
December 7, 2011

 

 

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio today scored Malacañang for the violent dispersal by the police of thousands of protesters attempting to assemble at Mendiola.

Tinio pointed out that police actions against the protesters were the most violent yet under the Aquino administration. “Has President Aquino resurrected Gloria Arroyo’s reviled ‘Calibrated Preemptive Response’ policy? The police brutality we’ve witnessed in the past two days right outside the gates of Malacañang reminds us of the violent suppression of peaceful protests under the previous regime.”

“For two consecutive days, the police have used excessive force on unarmed citizens, using firehoses and truncheons to prevent them from gathering at Mendiola. Pres. Aquino likes to claim moral ascendancy over the previous administration, yet it seems that his administration is no different from that of Gloria Arroyo in its disregard for basic civil liberties,” said Tinio.

Three students were reportedly injured in yesterday’s bloody dispersal. They are RG Tesa and Kate Castrence, both students of the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Nikki Gamara of University of the Philippines-Manila. Five other students were arrested and detained at the Manila Police Department Headquarters.

Since Tuesday, thousands of protesters composed of students, youth, workers, women, urban poor, teachers and education workers, government personnel, and other sectors, have been gathering in the vicinity of the historic Mendiola bridge to express their discontent at the government’s failure to address the country’s worsening social crisis. Dubbed “Campout in Mendiola: People’s Camp Against Budget Cuts and Crisis,” the protest action seeks to expose the country’s most pressing issues, such as the Aquino administration’s budget cuts to basic social services, widespread demolition of urban poor communities, human rights violations and lack of genuine land reform.

“What has transpired in the last few days is all the more outrageous it happened during the observance of international human rights week.”

The ACT Teachers solon will file a House resolution calling for an investigation into the violent police actions of the last few days. #

 

References:

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)

 

 

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