The People’s Calvary

The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) spearheaded the protest of hundreds of progressives at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on April 12. The protest action dubbed as the “Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan” (People’s Calvary) depicts issues that are shouldered by the people under the US-Duterte regime.

Among the highlights of the protest were demands for justice over the Negros 14 massacre and to junk the TRAIN law, and the people’s resistance against Duterte’s ambition to establish a fascist dictatorship. Similar protests, dubbed as “Kalbaryo sang Pumuluyong Pilipino 2019” were mounted in Iloilo City and Kabankalan City on April 11.

On April 17, members of Anakpawis held a picket in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City. They compared the cross to the widespread killings and the onerous TRAIN law which are currently shouldered by and impoverishing the people.

In Bukidnon, hundreds of Lumads and peasants launched the “Kampuhan sa Kabus batok sa Balaod Militar” (Camp of the poor against Martial Law) on April 9 in Valencia City. They intended to proceed Cagayan de Oro City where other Lumads and peasants, who were evicted from their communities due to militarization, are currently encamped. They were blocked at a checkpoint in Manolo Fortich and were barred from proceeding to their target.