[Statement] No justice, no entry! – Akbayan Youth
No justice, no entry! A unity statement against the militarization of campuses amid the termination of the UP-DND accord
We, the organizations undersigned, stand with the UP community against President Duterte’s latest attempt for a crackdown against activists.
We say to the abusive state forces: no justice, no entry! The damning record of human rights violations by the PNP and the AFP under the control of President Rodrigo Duterte betrays their sorry attempt to instill trust with the academic community. If the state is unaccountable for systemic injustices that killed the Gregorios, the displacement of indigenous groups, and the murder of thousands under the drug war, Duterte’s men should not be allowed entry in the safe spaces of the campus.
The sudden, unilateral termination of the UP-DND accord is the Duterte government’s new deadly strain of repression against UP’s critical students, teachers, staff, and community members. It is no coincidence that the government is stripping off the protection accorded to the UP community as the dangerous Anti-Terror Act is in full swing. If the UP administration doesn’t act with urgency, the campuses will become hunting grounds for the likes of Debold Sinas and the AFP.
We believe that the campuses should be a safe space for students and the community from recruitment into acts of war by repressive state forces and non-state groups. We urge the UP administration to mobilize chancellors and deans in the different campuses to defy against this encroachment and uphold the principles of academic freedom, safety, and security in our campuses. We call on the public to resist this latest act of repression and fight for the safety of our schools.
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