Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hyatt 10 calls for people to ‘resist growing repression’

Hyatt 10 calls for people to ‘resist growing repression’
First posted 03:34pm (Mla time) Feb 25, 2006
By Maila Ager

UNFAZED by the government's crackdown on its perceived political opponents, members of the so-called Hyatt 10 called on the people to go out and resist the "ongoing repression" of the government.

"We don't want this situation to deteriorate into a situation where eventually a Martial Law has to be declared by this President and by this government," former Education Secretary Florencio Abad said at a joint press conference of the Hyatt 10 and the Black and White Movement in Ortigas.

"And therefore, we urge our people to resist this growing repression of our basic rights today and in the coming days," he said.

"It is the irony of all ironies that today, the culmination of people power revolution, we are seeing the beginning of another martial rule," he said.

"We shall resist that and we assure you all of us who are here are not going to hide. We are going to face the repression of this government," he added.

Another Hyatt member, former Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, echoed Abad's call.

Soliman urged the people to put on white ribbons, wear pins, or put a placard in front of their house to express their defiance to the present administration.

She said the people could also communicate via the Internet or blogs and other mass media to express their views on the situation.

"Let it bloom a thousand times. Don't be afraid," she said.

Abad predicted that the repression would continue because the people would also continue resisting every attempt to curtail their basic freedoms.

"And my fear is this is going to isolate this government further and it will force President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to rely more and more on the extreme reactionary elements of the military," he said.

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