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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, December 7, 2017
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‘Stand up against abuses, join Bacolod HR day rally'

Militant groups in Negros Occidental will mark the 70 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a rally at the Bacolod Public Plaza Sunday afternoon “to fight and defend the people's democratic rights against the fascist tyrannical rule of the US-Duterte regime”, Clarizza Singson-Dagatan, Karapatan Negros secretary general, said yesterday.

Under the Duterte administration leaders and members of progressive organizations are being targeted for harassments, fabricated charges, vilification and extra judicial killings by the military as well as other state forces, she said at a press conference at the Negros Press Club building in Bacolod City.

This is tantamount to also declaring them terrorists, Michael dela Concepcion, Bayan Negros secretary general, said.

More than 5,000 protestors will gather near the Capitol Lagoon Park in the north and Lupit church in the south Sunday noon and will converge at the plaza at 2 p.m., he said.

He called on the public to stand up against the “abuses” of the Duterte administration by joining the protest.

“Duterte's promise of change is an illusion. Human rights violations in the countryside intensifies as his close allies, the war mongered generals continue to victimize civilians in their counter insurgency program,” Dagatan said.

The recent killings of Elisa Badayos, Karapatan Negros Oriental coordinator, and EleuterioMoises while conducting a fact finding mission in Bayawan City, and the series of killings in Guihulngan, Don Salvador Benedicto and the different past of Negros Island clearly shows the fascist nature of the Duterte regime with no regard to human life, she added.

Among their demands is the immediate pull out of the military in communities, a stop to killings, the resumption of peace talks, an end to state terrorism, never again to martial law and justice to all victims of human rights violations, she said.*CPG




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