Monday, October 24, 2005

Crossing Mendiola

October 19, 2005


THE members of Black & White Movement, together with the Hyatt 10 and other concerned citizens, today exercised their freedom of conscience and their right to peaceably assemble, and pray for the good of our country.

We gathered together to demonstrate that Malacanang is not the enclave of a particular administration, but instead, belongs to the people. We gathered together because any and all like-minded groups have a Constitutionally-protected right to express themselves, and invoke the Almighty for His divine protection of their cause.

Without a rally permit, the Black & White Movement challenged and overcame the CPR policy of GMA by crossing Mendiola, stopping at the Chino Roces monument for a flower-laying ceremony before proceeding to the San Beda chapel to seek divine intervention from our current political crisis.

It was clearly a moral victory for a precedent-setting active, non-violent form of protest. Henceforth, all other groups planning to organize peaceful assemblies or passage through Mendiola can claim the rule of precedence to challenge the phalanx of anti-riot forces preventing them from exercising their freedom of expression and assembly.

We continue to pray, as the entire country prays, for a peaceful resolution of the crisis of legitimacy afflicting our country. We continue to hope that the President will find enlightenment and make the supreme sacrifice for the nation. But even as we hope and pray, we shall continue to mobilize to demonstrate that concrete action is called for, so long as the will of the people is ignored, and their attempts to manifest their collective voices are thwarted.


goddess_of_the_chase said...

It should be the exception rather than the rule. Mendiola is a school zone and should be spared the disruption caused by these rallies.

goddess_of_the_chase said...

I don't think there is a "thwarting of collective voices" here, since you are NOT being prohibited from expressing yourselves per se. It is reasonable for Malacanang to impose restrictions around that area since students, especially youngsters, as well as workers therein will be direly affected should violence ensue in your proceedings - and there is no guarantee that this will not happen. You can shout and rally all you want, but you should respect restrictions which are imposed for the sake, not merely of Gloria as you say, but of your fellow citizens who just want to get on with their lives.

Helga said...

Point well taken, goddess of the chase. But, like the proverbial flame that tempts the moth, Mendiola has always been the most inviting location for protest. It's being steeped in history and drenched in blood just makes it so attractive to so many.