Prominent Philippine activist to speak in Toronto

TORONTO—A leader of militant BAYAN (Nation) movement, Renato Reyes Jr. is coming to Toronto to speak at United Steelworkers Hall on Saturday January 19. BAYAN’s Canada chapter will welcome the Filipino figure who is known among the political opposition, people’s organizations and social movements critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Reyes is one of the organizers of large mass mobilizations protesting against the killings of thousands of suspects in a crackdown on illegal drugs, on vagrants and on “insurgents,” as mainly directed against the poor.

While exact figures are difficult to ascertain, it is clear the number of killings and arrests is rising sharply. Philippines-based rights group Karapatan has reported 23,000 killed in the war on Drugs, over one thousand civilians killed in the war on terror, a sharp rise in political killings, 83 victims of torture, 56,456 victims of threat, harassment, and intimidation, 364,617 who have suffered due to indiscriminate firing and aerial bombing, and 426,170 internally displaced who were subject to forced evacuation (Dec. 10, 2017).

Remaining sensitive to threats to democracy and civil liberties after they ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a 1986 “people power” uprising, Filipino leaders, even in different countries, are also calling for Duterte’s ouster.

WHO: Renato Reyes Jr. is a Filipino activist leader who is the current Secretary General of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and a figure in most major street protests in the Philippines. In 1998, Reyes founded the youth group Anakbayan. He went on to attend the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he was also a student leader.

WHAT: BAYAN Canada, an overseas chapter of BAYAN-Philippines, is an alliance of organizations of Filipino migrant workers, women and youth, indigenous people, churchpeople, healthcare workers and professionals committed to advancing the cause of genuine national independence, people’s democracy and a just and lasting peace in the Philippines.

BAYAN-Canada is the third overseas chapter of BAYAN in the Philippines—the first being BAYAN-USA and BAYAN-Hong Kong and Macau, respectively.

Saturday January 19, 2019
BAYAN-Canada General Assembly: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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