22 November 2004

November 16

Direland and Writer, Bowler, Revolutionary have interesting posts on the recent November 16th Incident in which the Phillipines' Army and Police massacred striking sugar workers. The following exerpt was taken from the Labour Start site:

In a violent strike dispersal in Hacienda Luisita in the Philippines on November 16, 2004, 14 people were killed, including two children aged 2 and 5 years old who died from suffocation from teargas lobbed by the police and army dispersal teams. One of the victims was allegedly strangled after being shot and his dead body hanged by the factory gate. At least 35 people were reported to have sustained gunshot wounds, 133 were arrested and detained, hundreds were wounded and another hundred still missing. The trade unions in the Philippines are calling for a strong international protest, demanding a full investigation of what happened, the rehiring of illegally dismissed workers, and withdrawal of criminal charges brought against the strikers.

Further coverage of the event can be found at: MQ7.net (Filipino News Site), Philstar, and Tarlac News.

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