(UPDATED) Anne Krueger, a community journalist who has been documenting human rights violations in the island of Negros in Central Philippines, is among the 57 individuals arrested last October 31 in pre-dawn raids conducted by authorities on offices of legal organisations of sugar workers, trade unionists, and women in Bacolod City.
Anne is co-founder of Paghimutad, a newly-initiated member outfit of Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network). Paghimutad was formed in the wake of the Sagay 9 massacre of sugar workers last year, and publishes reports that fill the void of information from the grassroots.
On the night of the raid, Anne posted a video on social media that shows irregularities in the search that authorities claimed to yield firearms and explosives. Such evidence was clearly planted, the search warrant used highly questionable.
Anne is now facing a ridiculous and unjust trumped-up charge of illegal possession of firearms. To secure her immediate release from detention, we are helping to raise bail, which is now set at Php 220,000 for three charges of illegal possession of firearms (initially set at Php 60,000 for only one case). We would be grateful for any financial contribution you might want to make to free Anne.
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