Saturday May 25, 2013
PHILIPPINES: Anti-Dam Farmer Victim of Extra-Judicial KillingLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes contacts Philippine President over activist's murder.
(SALEM) - A political land activist who was also a city utility worker, was shot dead in the Philippines.
Margarito Cabal opposed the construction of a hydro-electric dam that threatens to leave 22 villages submerged under water. It was no secret that he was under surveillance, but his murder left people shocked and sickened.
When political activists like Margarito Cabal are snuffed out in cold blood over political opposition, it is worse than Murder; this type of behavior kills hope and sends the message that speaking out over injustice all too often leads to a bullet in the chest. It is tragic considering that all too often, hope is all people in third-world regions have.
The needs of businesses should never be placed above human needs in any respect, and when it leads to criminal behavior, all parties involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To not do this is shameful; it gives the world the impression that government does not place a substantial value on the lives of its own citizens.
Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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