We condemn the murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, an Anakbayan member in Abra, his father Licuben and his brother Edie by members of the Philippines Army 41st Infantry Battalion last March 2. The three were gagged, tied-up, killed, and then buried in a shallow grave where they were discovered.
Fermin was supposed to give a testimony regarding how the military forcibly used him as a ‘guide’ (and more likely, as a human shield) by the 41st IB in its operations against the New People’s Army.
Given the recent attacks in the mainstream media by members of the military against ANAKBAYAN, there is clearly only one group in the entire country with an interest in assassinating our members.
Due to the fact that it is the U.S-Aquino regime itself which perpetuates this heinous crimes, we call on the Filipino people, including the revolutionary movement in the countryside, to exact justice for Fermin.
Justice for Fermin Ligiw! Justice for all victims of human rights violations!
Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, @venzie
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) charged that the US government is just as responsible as the Aquino regime for the grave violations of human rights perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and various state paramilitaries under the regime’s Oplan Bayanihan.
The CPP statement was issued in reaction to the published contents of the US State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which cited continuing extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances undertaken by security forces in the Philippines.
“The US government cannot feign innocence because it has been providing the AFP and its agencies with military advice, training and aid. In fact, the AFP’s current campaign of suppression deceitfully named Oplan Bayanihan was drafted under the close supervision of US military advisers and patterned after the US government’s Counter-Insurgency Guide of 2009,” said the CPP.
“Under Oplan Bayanihan, entire communities are being militarized, with the people’s human rights abused by the operating units of the AFP in the name of so-called peace and development,” said the CPP. “US military advisers have taught the AFP to describe every campaign of suppression as ‘peace and development’ in hopes of concealing the brutalities and abuses daily being committed by the fascist troops against the people.”
210th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution: Outstanding Victory for Freedom and Human Rights
January 1, 2014 marks the 210th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution. Beginning in 1791, Haitians began to rise up and eventually overthrew both slavery and colonial rule. The Haitian revolutionaries led by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines were able to fight off successive European powers, the French, Spanish and British, eventually establishing an independent republic in 1804. The Haitian Revolution was an earth-shattering development in the struggle for the emancipation of labour all over the world and the establishment of citizenship rights on a modern basis, namely that they belong to people by virtue of their being human, members of a body politic.
However, from that point until the present, great efforts have been made by the colonial and imperial powers to interfere in the development of the Haitian nation and block the realization of the aspirations of those courageous human beings who freed themselves from their condition of slavery and bondage. This February marks a particularly notorious anniversary in Haiti’s history, the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 coup against the democratically-elected President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This coup was orchestrated by the U.S., France and Canada. One of Canada’s point-men in facilitating this coup was none other than Denis Corderre, presently the new Mayor of Montreal, who in 2004 was the Minister Responsible for La Francophonie in Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government.
This coup set the stage for the “death-squad democracy” used to brutally suppress the progressive forces in Haiti. The consequences of this coup are evident in the present government of Michel Martelly, a consort of the much-hated Duvalier dictatorship, which today is the agency of especially the U.S. sweatshops and cruise ships and their political representatives opening up Haiti for plunder by foreign monopolies. The shame of it is how Canada, France and the U.S. not only staged the coup but, along with the United Nations, do not permit Haiti to recover from the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.
TML Weekly sends its militant revolutionary greetings to the Haitian people both in Haiti and in the diaspora, on the occasion of their history-making anniversary. The renewed enslavement of Haiti and the deplorable conditions imposed on Haiti by the foreign great powers attest to the profound racism and inhumanity of these big powers and the need to settle scores with them once and for all. What Canada does in Haiti tells all there is to tell about what the Canada of the Monopolies stands for.
All Out to Support the Haitian People to See that Justice Is Done!
Graphic: “Combat de Vertières” by Patrick Noze, oil on canvas, from Haitian Art in the Diaspora, edited by Emile Viard, 2004. The Battle of Vertières was the decisive conflict of the Haitian revolution, fought in November 1803.
Today in history: December 22, 1997 - Members of a right wing paramilitary group carry out a massacre of 45 people in the village of Acteal in Chiapas, Mexico. They targeted supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). The Zapatistas and many Chiapas residents placed responsibility on the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
(mural reads: Acteal: Massacre against humanity and for neoliberalism. How long? Enough!)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
By Gary Leech
It is becoming increasingly clear that right-wing elements in Colombia no longer need to slaughter leftist politicians on the grand scale of years past in order to preserve their hold on power. The right’s latest response to emerging democratic advances in Colombia has been to simply banish leftist politicians from office.
Just this week, Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez ordered that the left-leaning mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, be removed from office and prohibited from participating in politics for 15 years. Petro is not the first Colombian leftist to be banished from politics by Ordoñez; three years ago, he banned former senator Piedad Córdoba from holding office for 18 years.