Around 50 police personnel in fatigue uniforms were deployed around De La Salle University on Taft to intimidate and disperse the Lasallian Family Protest, said One La Salle for Human Rights and Democracy on its Facebook page post this morning.
Police personnel carrying truncheons were seen roaming around the area as mobilization of the program barely begins.
Despite these, Lasallians continued with the program and raised their placards and calls without any hesitation.
The Lasallian Family Protest Action: Uphold Human Rights! Defend Democracy was staged at the St. La Salle Facade today, June 12, 2020, coinciding the 122nd year celebration of the Philippines’ Independence.
The group protests the call for civil liberties amidst the fast-tracking of the draconian Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020. “It is our responsibility as a Lasallian family to unite and fight for our human rights and to defend democracy and sovereignty,” said the group’s statement on their Facebook page.
The protest schedule will start in the morning and will leave Taft for the Mañanita rally at UP Diliman in the afternoon.
The group urged supporters to brimg their familie, wearing of best clothes, and to bring their nationalist fervor.
“To ensure adherence to social distancing and other health and safety measures, only 10 people will be allowed in the DLSU – M campus at intervals of 15 mins. Attendees are advised to wait across Taft Ave. as the shifting happens.”
A livestream on the group’s page of the proceedings of the program will be made available for those who were not present physically during the protest.