Youth groups stage vigil vs Cybercrime Law

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A night before the Supreme Court begins the oral arguments regarding the 15 petitions filed against Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, various youth groups staged a vigil in from of the high court in Padre Faura, Manila.

“The night is young, and so are we, and in Cybercrime Law we all disagree,” quips Kabataan Partylist President Terry Ridon.

Various youth formations, including members of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), National Union of Students of the Philippines, League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan, Student Christian Movement, and Kabataan Partylist, picketed in front of the SC to manifest their “vehement opposition” to the repressive law.

“Through this symbolic action, we want to show the SC and the government that the youth will watch every move the high court makes, as it commences the oral arguments on the Cybercrime Law. We will sacrifice sleep and comfort to stand our ground,” Ridon said.

“This is not a mere gimmick. This is an expression of dissent,” Ridon added.

The youth groups constructed a photo booth in the vicinity, wherein participants can get their picture taken while holding a “status message” placard that states various calls including “Junk Cybercrime Law” and “E-Martial Law, E-basura,” among others.

“We will not waste the night. Various bands and cause-oriented groups are lined up for a night of singing, dancing and poetry reading, all to voice out the youth’s opposition against RA 10175,” said CEGP National President Pauline Gidget Estella.

At 9 a.m. today, a multisectoral protest action – which is expected to be attended by hundreds of anti-Cybercrime Law advocates – will be staged in the same venue.

“The broad alliance against Cybercrime Law – from students to netizens to professionals – will all gather here and express our support to the lawyers who will defend our stance before the SC tomorrow,” Ridon concluded.

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