December 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Control the struggles

Lessons should be learned from recent experiences in Manila where forms of protest actions have turned violent.

We have seen how an important minority of students hold a protest action in Baguio against the Aquino administration.

We have seen how an important minority of kuliglig drivers together with pedicab drivers hold protest action in Manila.

Both protest actions ended in violence.

There is a need for the organizers not to provoke the armed forces into clashes where the protesters always get bloodied up.

The forces of repression always look for opportunities to attack resistance against the established order.

There is a need for the repressed people to control their struggles.

After the violence people will always cry out against police brutality and after crying out…protest organizers bring the struggles once more out there in the streets.

Obviously, those who used violence wanted to send a clear message and that is to spread fear among those who want to join struggles for change; to frighten parents, demonstrators or not, in an attempt to dissuade them from joining the next protest actions; and to provoke the students and the drivers to forget their original issue and convert this into a single issue of police brutality.

The people of Pangasinan have their own struggles for social transformation.

The people of Pangasinan will one day have our own protest actions that will be issue based and not be led into provocations for physical conflict.

The people of Pangasinan have to stick to the issues and not be sidetracked by violence from the forces of repression.

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