Protests fuelled by the public's outrage over the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds will culminate on Monday, August 26, in "A Million People's March to Luneta,” which is seen to become the massive protest against corruption in government.
No single group has been identified to be the main organizer of the protest, which was first called for through Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
"Non-partisan, galit lang sa kawatan ... Wear white for solidarity ... 9:00 a.m.," the poster for the march reads.
The graphic with a design characteristic of posters in the 1980s features a raised fist highlighted with the rays of the sun of the Philippine flag.
The Commission on Audit (COA) has released a special report baring the lawmakers' alleged misuse of billions of Priority Development Assistance Funds and the Various Infrastructures including Local Projects allocations or pork barrel from 2007 to 2009.
The COA findings combined with the ongoing government investigation against businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles for allegedly setting up dummy organizations and ghost projects where congressional pork is channelled heightened the call for government to scrap the funds.
The political administration of Bajaur Agency has imposed a ban on public rallies and gatherings in Bajaur tribal area in order to keep peace and normalcy of the region intact and to thwart any unpleasant incident in the agency, FRC learnt. An official of the local administration while talking to media said that the ban has been put into place with effect from May 14 and will continue for an indefinite period of time. “The purpose of the ban is to ensure peace and normalcy of the area and to prevent any possible unpleasant incident in the ongoing protest demonstrations launched by the workers of various political and religious parties against the results of the recent general election against the two national assembly seats from Bajaur Agency”, the official told. The official added that, “all type of rallies of political nature, holding a protest demonstration and display of weapons will be prohibited across the agency.The administration not only issued written instructions to all the political and religious parties but also the announcements were broadcasted through local FM Radio channels,” the official added. Meanwhile the leaders and workers of various political and religious parties and losing candidates have strongly rejected the decision of ban over the public meeting and rallies in the agency and saying that they will continue to organizing protest demonstration against the rigging of election outcome for both the National assembly constituencies in Bajaur agency.
Brazil and Turkey, two so-called emerging market economies, have been undergoing massive public protests over the last few weeks, protests that erupted simultaneously against the ruling parties in each country. The unrest in both countries was sparked by small protests against relatively minor issues: a hike in public transport fares in Brazil, and a construction proposal in a city park in Turkey. Yet, in both countries, these initial small protests rapidly evolved into nationwide uprisings after being repressed by sheer police violence. Despite the many similarities between the two cases, however, the government responses have diverged. In what follows, I will track the similarities and explain the divergences.
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by CAMILLE PECASTAING (Hoover Institution/Defining Ideas)
The twentieth century has seen masters at the art of public protest, and the best of them—the likes of Gandhi, King, and Mandela—have become iconic historical figures. Beatified by history, they are remembered for their fortitude and martyrdom. Two were shot dead; the third spent almost a lifetime in prison. Yet their accomplishments owe as much to their courage as to their clear-headedness, cunning manipulation, realism in assessing one’s strength, and keen sense of their adversaries.
The art of public protest is to produce images and narratives striking enough to cause millions of people to reconsider their worldviews. It is a long process of mental reconstruction, which may eventually effect real change but only after years and often decades of well-crafted pressure. Violence plays many roles in that effort, but the role it does not play is that of the agent that will storm the status quo by force. The art of protest is not the art of war.
Non-violence is a misnomer. Any form of serious protest, even the most tempered, involves seeding a small dose of violence to provoke a brutal response that would grab the headlines. It is hoped that, eventually, the mighty adversary would lose legitimacy for exercising excessive force. In Russia, the punk band the Pussy Riot has managed to embarrass Putin with a dance act. The band’s protest was vulgar—the punk movement, from its origins in 1970s London, has always used vulgarity as a political instrument, pushing so far beyond the boundaries of propriety to expose the arbitrary and absurd nature of social norms. The Pussy Riot will not bring down the Russian dictator, but the frailty of those girls exposed the brutality of Putin’s regime.... [MORE]
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Iraq: Crackdown on Baghdad Protests Human Rights Watch Two of the 13 protesters told Human Rights Watch that they had sought official permits to demonstrate a week in advance but that members of the provincial council replied that they were “not...
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