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For hope and rise | Concert & performed for victims of martial law in Mindanao

As Marawi clashes continue, the evacuation center continues to worsen the situation and increase the atmosphere of fear in the area. As a result, the Alliance of Peace Advocates in the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Save Our Schools-UPD saw the need to deliver aid to victims and evacuees.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28, 2009: MARIN and Mindanao helpers, musicians, poets, and testimonies of some of Mindanao's most beloved musicians, as well as participants of the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM).

Participants in NIHM are unable to attend and participate. However, the message of their sent report is clear.

"It is not surprising that almost all interviewees expressed objection to martial law. Elders who are still worried about Marcos's military law are linked to the massacre, harassment, and involvement of civilians in trouble, "they said.

On that same night the Karapatan group announced the retirement of some of their leaders without a warrant of arrest today.

"People are getting tagged as terrorists. It is similar to the stories of our grandparents during the Marcos martial law, "said Cristina Palabay ng Karapatan.

According to the NIHM report, in addition to the threat of arrest and the explosive sound of bombs, residents also fear the threat of rape to citizens.

The participants of the gathering feel the disrespect of human rights abuses that spread in Marawi and Mindanao. They have been instrumental in the accompaniment of music and in some of the versatile verses through poetry. Groups such as KM64 and REDS Arts Group have declared their objection to martial law, bombardment and ammunition, and the oppression of fellow citizens.

The proceeds of the gathering will be used to launch a second mission.



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