• Baguio City, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines

Some days before the 1st anniversary of disappearance of James Balao

Statement from the Monday Demonstration

September 7, 2009

To President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines, mass media, trade unions and to the international public:

Please forward it wherever you can to strengthen the international protest and solidarity for human rights, which people need for their life, in standing up to fight for a liberated world!

On the 7th of September 2009, during the Monday Demonstration in Stuttgart, we counted the days of the disappearance of James Balao -- as it was decided by the Monday Demonstration Movement Stuttgart in our partnership agreement.

There are only a few days left until the first year anniversary of this inhuman abduction (which occured on 17 September 2008) by the secret police and company. We are in deep solidarity with the Balao family and all other families, and know that the best contribution for changing this situation of oppression is to stand up in our own country for our rights and our future and strengthen international solidarity.

Please send us some of your words about this first anniversary. This will take place two days after the 5th anniversary of the Monday Demonstration Movement in Stuttgart. Please send us your thoughts, ideas, wishes, hints, dreams and so on, so that we can share them during the Monday Demonstration on the 14th of September.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her friends should know that the movement for justice and freedom will never stop and that the day of the twilight of the gods will come, as history is the history of struggling for freedom and justice. Gloria Arroyo has no chance, remember that.