Some of the San Roque protesters © Save San Roque AllianceDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 50/20 HERE
Police violently dispersed a peaceful protest by resident in San Roque, Quezon City who had gathered to demand government aid during the COVID-19 community quarantine. Twenty-one protesters were arrested, detained, and released on bail five days later. Amnesty International calls on the police to drop all charges against them as they are either contrary to international human rights law or carry penalties that will disproportionately affect the group. The authorities must also investigate the police’s use of force to disperse the protest.
On 1 April, residents gathered on a road where a private company was supposed to distribute aid. When this did not happen, they decided to peacefully protest to call for government aid. Since the implementation of a community quarantine on 17 March to address the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Filipinos have been unable to earn a living.