Various organizations condemned the massacre of 14 peasants in Negros last March 30 by state forces. They held programs and protests within and outside the country to demand justice.
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Malaya Movement and International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) spearheaded the International Day of Protest last April 10. Hundreds of peasants, human rights defenders and their supporters marched from Morayta to Mendiola in Manila to hold the Duterte regime responsible for the widespread peasant killings.
The ICHRP launched similar protests in 18 centers in the US, Canada, Australia, Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Hongkong, Senegal and Sri Lanka.
Prior to this, peasants and Bayan members protested in front of Camp Crame, Quezon City, while youth and students protested in UP Diliman, General Santos at Manila City on April 2. The following day, protests were also held in Davao, Iloilo and Cebu City.
The alliance “Stop the Attacks! Defend Life and Rights!” was founded in Cebu City on April 10. Among its speakers was the Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D., a bishop in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.
Meanwhile, a concert of unity and struggle billed “Fight Sauron” was organized by the Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA) and Concerned Artists of the Philippines in Kamuning, Quezon City last April 12.