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Peasants and Workers in Long March for Land, Decent Jobs

Posted by lenolea on July 29, 2009

Days before the Sona, thousands of farmers, workers, students and activists braved the heat and the rain as they marched from the provinces of Southern Tagalog to Commonwealth Avenue. The march, called Lakbayan, is their way of fighting the regime’s abuses and asserting their basic rights.

For Hector Kiamzon, 31, a farmer from Silang, Cavite, joining the Lakbayan (People’s March) is part of his continuing struggle for land.

“The farmers of Southern Tagalog have been dislocated because of land-use conversion and land grabbing,” Kiamzon said in Filipino in an interview with Bulatlat. He cited the Metro Taal-Tagaytay Development Project (MTTDP) that will deprive livelihood for thousands of farmers and fisherfolk in five towns in Cavite and 11 towns in Batangas and the Coastal Road Project 2 which will cover the 2nd district of Cavite, threatening to displace 50,000 farmers and 20,000 fisherfolk. Full article

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