In celebration of our freedom to peaceably assemble and protest (and because of my recent rediscovery of .gif flash), I shall be posting flash images of various protest actions I ‘ve covered for the last three years or so. Photojournalists usually like covering protest actions, especially the confrontational ones, because of the adrenaline rush as well as the opportunities for exciting action photos. That’s not the best reason, though, for joining rallies.
Anyway, this one is a series of photos of an attempted police dispersal of a student protest near Plaza Bustillos in Manila (a stone’s throw away from Mendiola and Malacañang) last September 19, 2008. The students were protesting the militarization of campuses where militant organizations hold sway.
More to come later.