lakbayan opening
National Minorities start Lakbayan to assert human rights
Cebu City - On Monday some 300 contingents from indigenous and Moro communities from Visayas and Mindanao convened and formally started the Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya 2017.
Groups from Caraga, Southern Mindanao Region, and Socsksargen gathered at Pier Uno port, where they were met by support groups from Central Visayas in a Salubungan program marked by traditional handshakes..
After the Salubungan the groups will beging their caravan via Cebu, Masbate, Bicol and will arrive at Manila on September 1. There they will stage protest actions on issues such as environmental plunder, military attacks on their communities and schools, the effects of the Martial Law declaration and the all-out war to their communities.
The Lakbayan also calls for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front to address socio-economic reforms for the sectors.
They will stage a Kampuhan at the University of the Philippines Diliman that will culminate with the anniversary of Marcos' declaration of Martial Law on September 21.
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