Gabriela-Germany along with German and other solidarity groups staged a protest action yesterday in front of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin to condemn the Security Forum led by two top military officials of the Duterte government, Adviser on the Peace Process Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. and military spokesman Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr.
Among the groups present in the protest action were Bloque Latino Americano, Frauenstreik, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Marxist–Leninist Partei Deutschland (MLPD) and Solidarität International (SI),
A spokesperson from Gabriela Germany condemned the “security forum” being held in the Philippine Embassy. “It is clear that their visit in cities in Europe is part of their Europe-wide fascist campaign against anti-imperialist and democratic forces in the Philippines.”
Gabriela also highlighted the Resolution sponsored by the government of Iceland to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The proposed UNHRC Resolution, among other concerns, urges the Manila government “to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances…and to hold perpetrators accountable in accordance with international norms and standards”.
Solidarität International exposed the betrayal of the Duterte regime, “posing at the start of its term as sincere in bringing lasting peace and democracy in the Philippines.”
“It was not long however that Duterte’s true color is exposed: fascist ruler against the Filipino people but subservient to his imperialist masters.”
Adding to this, a spokesperson from the MLPD said, “Indeed, imperialism and the crisis of capitalism cultivate impunity in countries such as the Philippines, and allows the rise of ultranationalist sentiments across Europe.”
Another solidarity group, Bloque Latino Americano, drew parallelism between the struggles in Latin American countries such as Brazil and Honduras, and the Philippines. “Such developing countries are being exploited by imperialist countries as sources of mineral resources and other raw materials and where environmentalist and other progressive groups are being silenced by violence.”
The spokesperson from the IADL reiterated their condemnation of the gross human rights violations being committed by the Duterte regime. The repression, she said, “are being done to other sectors, not only political activists but also to lawyers, and even farmers, journalists, students, and so on, and such repressions are also happening in other countries.”
The protesters emphasized the importance and urgency of solidarity and united efforts among Filipino and non-Filipinos in combating such attacks on human rights and all other forms of repression against peoples in the world.
Throughout the program, a gigantic banner “STOP THE KILLINGS” was held by the protesters, including placards bearing the calls “OUST DUTERTE!”, “STOP THE ATTACKS” and “ACTIVISM is NOT A CRIME”. As a further call to action, Gabriela reiterated the call to support the Petition of Amnesty International to put protection measures in place for Cristina Palabay and other human rights defenders under threat of murder.
The program ended with the singing of “Bayan Ko” (My Motherland) and loud chantings of “Long Live International Solidarity!” and “Hoch die Internationale Solidarität!”