Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Continue the protests! Continue the Storm!

Continue the protests! Continue the Storm!

By Katleah Iskre Ulrike

Last time, militant students around the Philippines celebrated the commemoration of the valiant resistance of the Students, Faculty, and members of the University of the Philippines, Diliman community against State Fascism and the crisis prevailing during the Marcos regime.

Known much by the media as the "Diliman Commune", the acts laid by the UP Diliman community, from the barricades to the creation of self-igniting Molotov cocktails and Pillboxes, shown opposition-first from the increase in oil prices, to the repressive actions laid by the rotten State. It even intensified interest in the study of Pilipino Nationalism and Revolution, all based from the conditions prevailing at that time.

And through the years had passed since the downfall of the Marcos regime, there are still same old problems continue to prevail in the Philippines-that as of 2011, most Pilipinos are affected by the crisis such as oil price hikes, tuition fee increases, increase in commodities, and even the increase in mass transport fares. Most students, and the people in general, respond it with sporadic protests, venting grievances against a regime whose leader nowadays brags his own Porsche and Lexus automobiles. The Philippines was and is, remained poor due to its conditions as a semifeudal, semicolonial country; and with the intensification of Commercialization, Globalization, and State Terrorism, all sponsored by the oligarchs lies enough reasons to continue the protests and armed struggle against them similar to the Diliman Commune and earlier, the First Quarter Storm.

Also last time, people also wittnessed the events in Tunisia and in Egypt, as protests erupted against the regimes of Zine el Abidine ben Ali and Honsi Mubarak. The former had been toppled away but the latter still clings to his post as the head of state. These events, all in response from repression, corruption, price hikes and the like, unveils how people, being the creators of history and the society, and not the government dominated by the privileged few decides in regards to National affairs. And as expected, most are even solidarizing with their Arab comrades from statements to protests condemning the actions made by ben Ali and Mubarak-the way what the First Quarter Storm and the Diliman Commune solidarize with the Vietnamese, Chinese and even Cuban peoples for Antiimperialism and National Liberation.

In Egypt, we expect more and more protests to be seen-that may also manifest the revival of Arab liberation like the days of Nasser against Farouk. In Tunisia, the events after the downfall of ben Ali remained as-it-is as protests against the interim government continuously prevail in Tunis. These two Arab countries, like the actions laid by the Pilipinos, are not absolutely in response to their ruler's repressive actions, but of course, the conditions these people endured, but opportunists take it as a means to topple a ruler without changing the system in general!

After all, back to the topic, the actions of the people, whether in the Philippines, Egypt, Tunisia, even Nepal and India shows that the power will always be in the people-the way sovereignity is vested upon to them according to the laws, and of course, it is an inherent right to be rebellious against the order, therefore, to make the long story short: