A history of walk outs

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Even before Senator Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim walked out from a court in Makati City, our country and outside has already had histories of walk outs that made change.

But unlike other walks outs, for instance the officers of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) in 1986 snap elections; and the senators during the Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial in January 2001, theirs was a complete failure.

When Mexican-American or Chicano students in East Los Angeles, US in 1968 felt extremely discriminated against, they too had series of walk out from their schools to protest unequal treatment of students; for instance, they are not even allowed to speak their native tongue, eat Mexican food and toilets open at all times.

Namfrel’s walk out eventually lead to the toppling of the dictatorial Marcos regime, Senator’s walk out from impeachment trial lead to EDSA II, the Chicanos walk out to eradicate discrimination of Chicano students in US schools and eventually improves treatment of students there.

What made this histories of walk outs successful that eventually get peoples’ involvement is that they felt the object of protest and walk out are the people’s issues too. That in their daily lives they have long been suffering and directly affected by this.

I first thought that when Senator Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Lim walk out from court, it was meant to protest the delay of their cases in court and question of fair trial–which is widely common in our court system. Cases in our court drags on for years, if not decade, and thousands of detainees are presently in extremely poor jail conditions waiting for their case to be resolve. Others could not even obtain fair trial due to their inability to get competent lawyers.

But it turns out that Senator Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Lim’s walk out was different, and their demands for change too also was different. Their walk out fails to obtain enormous public support and involvement as those mentioned above. We could only conclude that perhaps the people felt it wasn’t their issue or concern at all, only theirs.

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