FREE WILMA AUSTRIA TIAMZON and BENITO TIAMZON!
"Being with the masses in their struggle to overthrow the oppressive and exploitative system infuses us with life and vigor.” —Philippine communist leader Wilma Austria Tiamzon, in 2002.
Comrade Tiamzon was just arrested with her husband by the Philippine government despite possessing immunity documents as peace negotiators. The CPP is the leading force behind the New People’s Army, which has been waging a guerrilla war against the Philippine government and its US imperialist masters for decades.
Via Anti-Imperialist League
Leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines have been arrested while doing rehabilitation work in areas devestated by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Benito Tiamzon, alleged Chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and Wilma Tiamzon, alleged Secretary General of the CPP, have been arrested by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They were arrested in Cebu when leading the New People’s Army to carry out rehabilitation work in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Anyone want to bet this is part of the new U.S.-Philippines deal on military bases? Washington says: Stop any pretense of negotiations with the revolutionary forces. Pnoy obeys.
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.”