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Worker and labor groups stand with Ukraine

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

General Alliance of Workers Association secretary general Wennie Sancho (8th from left) with representatives of different labor groups in Negros Occidental manifesting their solidarity with Ukraine during a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday*

The General Alliance of Workers Association (GAWA) and various labor groups in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental issued a manifesto condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, during the launching of “We Stand with Ukraine” movement in the city yesterday.

GAWA secretary general Wennie Sancho yesterday said that as a labor advocate, he believes that to remain silent is a form of cowardice, referring to the neutral stand of the Philippine government despite the atrocities and mayhem happening in Ukraine.

“At a time when the people of Ukraine are in the midst of terrible suffering and pain, it would be a shame for us to remain silent,” Sancho said.

Words are not enough to explain the brutal cruelties, mayhem and other inhuman acts inflicted upon the Ukrainian people by the Russian military forces. “This deserves our condemnation in the strongest possible terms,” he said.

Sancho said they join the international community in the call for ceasefire and to stop the war in Ukraine, which has devastated the land, leaving most of the cultural offices and buildings, as well as hospitals and orphanages, in ruins because of extensive bombing. 

They condemn the barbaric and inhuman war launched by Russia against Ukraine. The people of Ukraine are dying, while women, children, old folks and civilians have been victims of indiscriminate firing and summary executions by Russian soldiers. There were mass graves discovered, bodies desecrated, and some young women raped, he said, adding that only an evil mind can devise such unparalleled human cruelties.

“To condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine is a condemnation of the genocide inflicted upon the Ukrainians by the Russian soldiers. We must therefore, stand up in solidarity with Ukraine and its people in their struggle for democracy against the forces of oppression. To stand up for Ukraine is to stand up in the name of freedom and liberty, not only for our country, but for all freedom loving nations of the world,” Sancho said.

To stand up for Ukraine is not only a manifestation of their support for the beleaguered Ukrainian people, but a declaration that they will never allow invaders to “trample our sacred shores and that we are ready to die in order to defend our country as we defend democracy with faith and determination,” he said.

To stand with Ukraine is to denounce the war crimes committed against humanity and to put an end to civilian inhumanities,” he added.*

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