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(en) philipines, Alt. Media, Too harsh treatment of the Sagada 11 for hiking in the wrong place and wrong time in nature...

Date Wed, 15 Nov 2006 20:02:50 +0200


An article about the case of the Sagada 11 was in SchNEWS 568, Friday 10th
November, 2006. INSIDE SchNEWS
On Friday November 3rd, about a dozen people visited the Philippines Embassy
in Kensington Palace Gardens to highlight the case of the Sagada 11 eleven
young Filipinos, aged between 15-25 and involved in projects such as Food
not Bombs and Earth First! who were arrested on February 14th this year en
route to the Sagada mountains area to go hiking.
They were brutally arrested without a warrant, taken to the station and
tortured, only finding out later that they were being charged with
involvement in a communist guerrilla attack on a military outpost a few days
before. They were not allowed to contact anyone and have been held in
terrible conditions, without basic necessities or enough food in overcrowded
cells. The two youngest have been released, but despite the guerrillas
themselves declaring no connection with the group and no evidence being
presented, the others are still being held in legal limbo without knowing
when they will actually come to trial.

The Filipino Embassy is actually on Crown Estate, i.e. gated and protected,
but people managed to walk on in. Some went inside the embassy and spoke to
the Minister Consulate about the case, while 13 armed police removed people
outside.

On Friday 17th November there will be a day of protest phonecalls, letters,
faxes and emails to the prison and the Filipino embassy. Please ask them to
free the 'Sagada 11'. Remember they are being accused of being part of
communist/terrorist actions so take care not to associate them with anything
overtly political. Embassy: 0207 9371600 or embassy@philemb.co.uk Jail:
0063 744222304.

For more info see

www.brightonabc.org.uk
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