[Marxism] Philippines: Urban poor resist fresh demolitions

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Jan 25 01:36:56 MST 2014

The Manila Seedling Bank, a seven hectare area of small market gardens and
big and small shops selling plants, was a rare green space among the
traffic jams, shopping malls and slums on the intersection of Quezon and
Edsa Avenues in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

It was also home to a community of hundreds of smallholding
horticulturalists and their families. That was until January 20.

On that day, riot police and paramilitary SWAT teams invaded the property
with demolition teams. These were not just made up of building workers, but
also included under-equipped, underpaid and, by appearances, underage
casual workers recruited from other urban poor communities.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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