Movement Against Tyranny hits Duterte, Luneta authorities on moves to limit space for Luneta rally

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MANILA — It’s all systems go for the Movement Against Tyranny Sept 21 #FightTyranny #StopTheKillings protest at the Luneta, on Burnham Green, 4 pm.

However, the space in Luneta “assigned” to the MAT rally at the Lapu-Lapu monument is not large enough to safely accommodate the tens of thousands expected to join the Sept 21 protests.

Mr Duterte has said all parks are open to be venues of peaceful protests tomorrow and has even declared it a National Day of Protest. But this is belied by the actions of his officials at the National Parks Development Committee (NDPC) who would like to relegate the rally to an insignificant portion of Luneta.

Despite having been informed of our rally, they instead assigned the Burnham Green, which can accommodate a crowd of 100,000, to the Lions Club for an event that has only 2,000 participants.

MAT has been informed by Lions Club officials that they will abide by whatever will be the NDPC’s decision.

MAT is trying to ensure that tens of thousands of Filipinos are not prevented from gathering tomorrow to express our commitment to #StopTheKillings and #FightTyranny.

MAT asserts the constitutional right to free assembly. We strongly suggest that government officials exercise common sense and cooperate with the protest coalition in ensuring a proper venue and peaceful atmosphere on the national day of protest.

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