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Movement against tyranny-led rally snowballs into rainbow alliances

National Day of Protest, Rizal Park, Manila. Photo by Renato Reyes Jr.

MANILA – Tens of thousands trooped to the Luneta Park Thursday to express their opposition to the policy of mass murder in the guise of Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs, as well as to reject any attempt to impose martial law and install another dictatorship.

The #StopTheKillings #FightTyranny rally is being spearheaded by the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT), which was formed on August 28 in the wake of public outrage over the killings of Kian de los Santos and other minors by police elements.

“Let this be a warning to Pres. Duterte: we will not be intimidated or cowed into silence and inaction. Tapos na po ang panahon ng pananahimik. Gising na ang buong bayan at handang ipaglaban ang karapatang pantao at hustisya,” said Raoul Manuel, MAT convenor representing the youth.

Manuel said MAT considered the reinstatement of the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as a victory of the protest movement. “Hindi pa man nagaganap ang ating rally, umatras na ang Congress sa P1,000 budget ng CHR,” said Manuel.

“We will continue to oppose any moves by the administration to restrict our rights or undermine the system of checks and balances provided by the courts and constitutional bodies,” he said,

Rainbow rally

Organizers said the rally would be open to people of “all colors, all beliefs and all ages” who want a stop to the extrajudicial killings and other acts of tyranny of the Duterte regime.

The program would start with a monologue, titled “Sisa” and the song “Ugoy ng Duyan” to represent the thousands of grieving mothers whose children have been killed in the government’s drug war and counterinsurgency operations.

The program ends with a simultaneous ringing of bells and mobile phone ringtones to coincide with the 8 p.m. nationwide ringing of bells called by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Aside from martial law veterans like Rene Saguisag, Sr. Mary John Mananzan and Bonifacio Ilagan, expected to speak at the rally are students from various universities and colleges, families of victims of extrajudicial killings, religious leaders, representatives of Moro and indigenous peoples communities, leaders from various sectoral organizations, as well as incumbent and former members of Congress,

Among the performing artists are Bituin Escalante, Audie Gemora, the cast of PETA’s Game of Trolls, Buklod, spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, Pen Medina, Toym Imao, Joel Saracho, Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change, rapper BLKD, La Loba Negra, Chikoy Pura, Dwight Gaston Band, Tropical Depression and many others.

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