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Foolishness on April Fool’s Day

 

It is, indeed, April Fool’s Day.

At around 10 in the morning today, police and military personnel opened fire on more than five thousand protesting lumads (indigenous people)  and farmers who have been blockading the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City, Philippines since March 30. The lumads came under the banner of the Apo Sandawa Lumadnong Panaghiusa sa Cotabato (Apo Sandawa Unity of Lumads in Cotabato). Organizers have not yet come up with a body count, but reporters say at least one person died and around 20 others, including some children, were wounded.