Incredible as it may appear Professor Jose Maria Sison, the Chairman
of the International Coordinating Committee of the International
League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) was arrested in Utrecht, the
Netherlands on August 28, 2007 by the Dutch police.
Prof. Sison was arrested by Dutch authorities under the false charges
that he ordered the murder of three individuals in the Philippines.
These are fabricated charges concocted by the regime of Mrs. Arroyo
and its counter insurgency police in the Philippines. These are
the same charges that were categorically dismissed by the Philippines
High Court on July 11, 2007 for lack of any evidence.
Simultaneous with the arrest of Prof. Sison the Dutch police raided
his house, the international offices National Democratic Front of
Philippines (NDFP) and the houses of other Filipino militants. In
some of these raids the police violently broke down the doors to
enter and search the premises. They confiscated computers CDs, DVDs
and other files supposedly to help them with their investigations.
Following his arrest Professor Jose Maria Sison, was moved to The
Hague and continues to be under interrogation by the Dutch Police.
According to DEFEND he will be brought to court for a hearing on
Friday August 31 in order to consider further possible detention
by the Dutch authorities.
Clearly, the arrest of the Professor Sison by the Dutch authorities
is politically motivated and is directly linked to the relentless
attempts of the US backed puppet regime of Arroyo in the Philippines
and its master, US imperialism to bring an end to the rising revolutionary
struggle of the peoples of the Philippines and to force the NDFP,
CPP and the New Peoples Army leading this protracted revolutionary
struggle to submission.
This is a futile attempt to force the revolutionary movement of
the peoples of the Philippines to abandon its just struggle for
national and social liberation and submit itself to the will of
the reactionary, bankrupt, corrupt and murderous regime in power
in the Philippines. The regime of Mrs. Arroyo is a terrorist regime
that has sponsored hooded gunmen to assassinate over 1000 progressives
and people’s activists since it coming to power.
But they should know that not only Joma Sison’s arrest will not
break the will of the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces
but will intensify their resolve in bringing a rapid end to this
crisis ridden puppet regime. The heroic struggle of the people of
the Philippines has stood fast for decades and has outlived and
in fact overthrown many of Mrs Arroyo’s predecessors, including
the Marcos regime.
Joma Sison is being hounded for his staunch defence of the peoples
struggle against imperialism and all reactionaries. He is hounded
for his unyielding internationalism and belief that it is the masses
that are the makers of history and that they will rise to liberate
themselves establishing a society without war, injustice and exploitation
- a society without imperialism and reaction. Hence an attack on
Joma is an attack against the peoples everywhere from Europe and
North America to Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The ILPS condemns and abhors the blatant abuse of power by the
Dutch authorities in this latest episode of the long-standing systematic
intimidation, ill treatment and denial of basic human rights of
Professor Jose Maria Sisson.
The ILPS condemns the collaboration and collusion of the Dutch
government with the Arroyo’s criminal regime and demand immediate
and unconditional release of Prof. Sison and full restoration of
The ILPS general secretariat calls on all democratic and anti-imperialist
forces, anti-war organisations and fronts and in particular requests
all ILPS member organisations to continue to rally to the support
of the ILPS chairman, Professor Jose Maria Sison, to actively join
the international campaign to secure his freedom and demand his
immediate and unconditional release from custody.
In The Hague, the ILPS members will be joining protest actions
in front of the court on Friday 31st August at 1.00 pm. We further
call for immediate coordinated protest actions in front of Dutch
embassies across the world.
Please send reports of actions and your statements to ILPS Information
Bureau and distribution lists for wider distribution. Further information
and updates will be issued through the ILPS Info Bureau distribution
ILPS General Secretariat