Week-long protest before Bonifacio Day to kick off this morning

WEARING Katipunero red scarfs, members of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) will offer flowers to the monument of Adres Bonifacio after staging a cultural protest among a crowd in Monumento in Kalookan City this morning.

Today’s activity is the opening of Kadamay’s weeklong protest before the celebration of Bonifacio Day in November 30, which is also the 149th birthday of the great Filipino hero. Thousands of urban poor nationwide under Kadamay are preparing for a big mobilization on November 30, spearheaded by the labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno.

In its week-long protest, the group aims to show the cavalry faced by a Filipino urban poor as they will cite the need for a revolution similar to the one waged by Bonifacio against Spanish colonization.

Thousands of urban poor nationwide under Kadamay are preparing for a big mobilization on November 30, spearheaded by the labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno.

According to Kadamay national secretary-general Carlito Badion, “The situation of the poor under the Aquino administration is as miserable as the situation during the Spanish colonization, if not worse, as the government remains hard-headed in implementing anti-poor programs based on policies that are primarily dictates of the world’s number one imperialist, the United States.”

The group will also launch today its own version of KKK, a campaign called Kampanya Laban sa Kahirapan, Kagutuman at Pambubusabos (KKKP) which aims to mobilize tens of thousands of urban poor in the coming year in calling for a radical change amidst the chronic poverty, widespread hunger and the oppressive state of not less than thirty-two million urban poor in the country, in time for the 150 years of Bonifacio.

“Every day of our lives is a game of survival, and no matter how we drive our strength to its limit, our family has never been better off. The solutions to end our poverty such as a national industrialization program and the distribution of lands to the landless have failed to materialize, and we lose hope that they will ever materialize in this society,” said Badion.

“Despite the harassment and the killings of our leaders and members, we are left with no choice but to fight and continue in asserting for our existence,” the urban poor leader added.

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