Dispersal Of Protesting Farmers In Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Turned Violent And Deadly
See the videos of the encounters below.
The farmers have been in protest
and blockading the national highway
without permits for four days already
which prompted the government officials to act
to resume normal business activities in the city.
The governor said it was just a clearing operation
and not a dispersal
to reclaim the national highway
for she acknowledged the rights
of all those in protest to rally.
The policemen also exercised maximum tolerance
and the videos showed how the rallyists turned violent,
throwing stones and anything else on the police.
there were thousands of rallyists on that day
and the question remains
if those were all farmers or not
for there were representations from various groups
who were there at the rally.
The Commission On Human Rights
are now looking into the bloody encounter
to know how it all came to be
and who will be to blamed for.
The farmers were demanding rice
from the local governments units
in the wake of the dry spell
that has been ravaging many parts of the country
mainly because of the ongoing El Niño phenomenon.
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