Youth activists rally on Rizal Day to demand stop to rights violations, police abuses
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A small group of youth activists held a silent protest before the monument of national hero Jose Rizal on his 124th death anniversary on Wednesday (Dec. 30) in Balanga City, Bataan province.
Members of the Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND) held placards with messages demanding respect for human rights and a stop to extrajudicial killings and police abuses. They demanded justice for Sonya Gregorio and her son, who had been murdered by a policeman in the town of Paniqui, Tarlac province last Dec. 20.
“Dr. Rizal said that the youth are the hope of our motherland so we are paying him homage today by defending human rights,” said YND spokesperson Jochelle Magracia in a phone interview.
Videos streamed live on social media showed the youth activists wearing face masks and observing social distancing.
She said at least 20 policemen with wooden batons and men in plainclothes guarded them at the Plaza Mayor de Ciudad since the protest started at 4 p.m.
They lit candles before they heeded orders by police to disperse at 4:30 p.m. she said.
Edited by TSB
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