Fascism in our midst and what’s with a commonly ignored term

In a report received by CEGP Baguio-Benguet from the National office of
CEGP this afternoon, we were informed that during the Campus Press Campout
organized by the National office as part of the Occupy Mendiola movement
happening this week, six civilians were arrested, one was hospitalized
after being wounded, one was hit in the genitals and another one was
severely hurt after being hit in the mouth and the teeth by police
officials. Out of these individuals, two came from the Guild, both of them
were arrested. As of the latest update, Christopher Pasion, the National
Secretary-General has already been released while another one, notably a
minor, is still under custody.

The complete details are yet to be clarified but even at this stage, we are
already appalled by the treatment our confreres from the campus press
received from the police officials. In a peaceful gathering conducted in a
public place to ventilate the issues different organizations want to raise
to the Aquino administration and educate the greater part of the population
regarding the current plight of the country, there must be no place for
violent treatments such as what were experienced by our colleagues in the
campus press.

The occurrence of such only magnifies the character of the current
administration. The Aquino administration, just like every regime it
precedes, is one that is fascist and anti-people. It is an administration
that does not encourage the participation of its constituents in the issues
that hound the country. It is an administration that is willing to take up
the cudgels, even to the point of extreme violence, just to quell its
staunch oppositions. This Aquino administration is one that has no concern
over the rights of its people especially if it contradicts its own
interests.

This is fascism, one of the many –isms we hear in the streets, being
shouted by protesters, being defiantly condemned by individuals and
organizations who are so fed up of the current scheme of things, happening
right in our midst. This is the very concretization of a term we usually
find too unwieldy and hard to grasp. This reminds us that the painful terms
we usually conjure – state abandonment, political repression, and illegal detention among others – are all
not just terms. They haunt us in real life. This is precisely why we need to be more guarded
against them; and that is precisely why we need to be more defiant and united in fighting
against them.

Expose and Oppose State Fascism!

Protect and Assert civilian and political rights!

CEGP BAGUIO-BENGUET

mapesstephania toevs@mailxu.com