Tear gas at water cannon

Minsan lang ako nabiktima ng tear gas sa rally.

Noong nasa kolehiyo ako, nag-cover ako para sa Philippine Collegian ng isa sa malalaking rally ng mga estudyante laban sa US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Mula UP Diliman, sumugod ang mga kapwa ko Iskolar ng Bayan sa US Embassy sa Maynila upang ipahayag pagtutol sa VFA na noo’y mariing isinusulong ng administrasyong Estrada.

Mula sa iba’t ibang kanto, nagsulputan din ang mga bulto ng mga nagpoprotesta mula naman sa iba’t ibang paaralan.

Maya-maya’y nagkainitan, at naramdaman ko na lang ang init at hapdi sa aking mga mata. Nadale na pala kami ng tear gas.

Masakit ma-tear gas. Maluluha ka talaga. At magagalit ka.

Nagalit ako nang makita kong may sugat sa noo si Rose, isa sa mga organisador ng mga estudyante sa UP noon. Pinalo ata siya o sinapok ng kalasag ng mga pulis.

Nagsipag-atrasan kami noon.

Pumunta lamang ang mga estudyante para idiin ang pambansang soberanya, pero sa sariling lupa ay itinaboy sila ng mga galamay ng Estado.

Kanina, ‘di lamang tear gas kundi water cannon din ang isinalubong ng mga pulis sa mga tagasuporta ni Fernando Poe Jr at iba pang nagpoprotesta laban sa umano’y pandaraya ng administrasyon noong nakaraang eleksyon.

Masakit ma-tear gas. Maluluha ka talaga. At magagalit ka.

Gaya kanina, nagngingitngit ang mga tao. Hindi lamang sila na-tear gas. Nagparang mga basang sisiw rin sila.

0 thoughts on “Tear gas at water cannon”

  1. Kapag nasa rally, di ka pwedeng nakatunganga lang kailangan marunong kang makiramdam dahil kung hindi talagang aabutin ka ng tear gas. Ang gobyerno minsan kahit na mapayapa ang isinasagawang protesta ay ang pulis pa ang siyang nagbubuyo para magkainitan. Minsan naman magugulat ka na lang dahil idedesperse kayong bigla sa pamamagitan ng water canon. Ang saya di ba?eto ang demokrasya wala kang karapatan magpahayag….magprotesta ka, water canon ang kaharap mo!yan ang rehimen ni gloria, di marunong makinig sa hinain ng iba!

  2. The proper lesson is to be more prepared and/or creative, not to not go rallying. Police didn’t find a reason to disperse Patriots’ noise barrage last June 25 because they’d look ridiculous dispersing one.

    There are more reasons for taking to the streets today than in either 1986 and 2001, and a campaign is waged at the long term so its success is not to be measured by what happens at one rally. Edsa 2 was the culmination of a series that began in 1999. Edsa 1 began decades before 1986.

    A group lets itself be cowed by cowardly police acts, that is what doesn’t cut. Even Marcos and Estrada found it fit to back down from some of their hard-line positions when they saw that the people refused to be terrorized by dispersals.

    Not going rallying when there’s every reason to do so is just like not fighting back when a foreign army invades your country. It’s as if usurpers have the right to usurp.

  3. Wala naman masama sa isang rally dahil karapatan mo naman na maipahayag ang iyong saloobin kung di ka sang-ayon sa anuman na ginagawa ng mga taong nasa gobyerno o posisyon kaya hindi solusyon ang magsawalang kibo na lamang lalo na kapag karapatan mo na ang nilalabag.

  4. As the Phillippine Collegian said during the Marcos and Erap regimes:

    “Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino pa ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?

  5. rallying is fine.
    its going beyond boundaries that is not. why would anyone want to breach the walls of the US Embassy (example yung mga nagra-rally dun na nababatuta)? what the hell are they going to do once they are inside? shout some more expletives? it looks sensational on TV pero kasalanan din ng mga ralyista minsan eh. once they breach demarcation lines, they should assume the consequences of their actions. period.

    niwie – sorry for that tear gas experience.

  6. The way I see it, the whole point of Ederic’s article is that rallies should not be dispersed when everything is in order. In the first place there is no reason for any dispersal unless the rally erupts into a riot, because the Constitution provides for the right of peaceful assembly as the people’s way of seeking government redress of grievances. But most dispersed rallies under this administration were utterly peaceful.

    Try attending one of those rallies near the US embassy and you’ll see that the demonstrators are usually truncheoned even when they’re still a hundred meters away from the embassy itself. TV footages aren’t always able to capture everything.

    Anyway, who the hell are the US embassy personnel (and the PNP, for thast matter) to impose restrictions on where Filipinos should rally? The land on which the US embassy stands is still Philippine land; the US is merely privileged with the use of that space, and it is the right of Filipinos to rally as close to the US embassy as possible when there are American atrocities of any kind against Filipinos.

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