Three young activists were arrested by the police while trying to hang a banner at a footbridge near the building of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Thursday, June 30.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Public Information Office (PIO) told Manila Bulletin that they are still confirming if the officers who conducted the arrest were their personnel.
In a press release, the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition said that the arrest of RJ Naguit of the Akbayan Youth, Benjamin Alvero and Jane Labongray of Sentro Youth is a violation of the freedom of expression of the young leaders.
“This is unacceptable in a democratic society. We condemn this reprehensible act. It seems this new government is afraid of its own shadow on the eve of its first day of governance,” it said.
“Police charged at the contingent even after the end of the short action. The banner was forcefully torn from the participants and the three youth leaders were violently arrested and dragged towards police vehicles,” it added.
According to the coalition, the police refused to explain the reason for the arrest of the leaders.
The Nagkaisa Labor Coalition is the biggest alliance of labor groups and organizations to improve the workers’ living wage, advance security of tenure, reduce the price of electricity, and empower public sector workers.