- BAYAN secretary general claimed police used an acoustic device to disperse rallyists
- He said the weapon was dangerous, constituted assault
- He also denied violence started from the protesters’ side
MANILA, Philippines – Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes claimed the police used a long-range acoustic device for the first time to drive away protesters from the US Embassy and the venue for the ASEAN summit.
“Well, during the dispersal, gumamit sila ng sonic weapon. First time ‘yan sa amin, sa isang rally,” he told GMA News. “Usually ang pinapatugtog lang nila na sonic weapon ‘yung mga kanta ni Katy Perry tulad noong mga nakaraang taon.”
[Well, during the dispersal, they used a sonic weapon. First time it was used on us in a rally. Usually the sonic weapon they used in the past years was the one playing the songs of Katy Perry.]
Reyes blasted the use of the device; saying it was dangerous not only to the protesters but also to bystanders.
“Ano siya eh, it’s designed to disrupt the protest. Delikado ang weapon na ‘yan [It was designed to disrupt the protest] . That weapon is dangerous. It affects everyone, even bystanders. That’s a serious assault to the people. It’s a violation of our rights,” he said.
Reyes added that the sonic weapon could have been provided by the American government.
“Feeling namin baka Amerikano ang nagsabi sa kanila na gamitin na ‘yan eh. Kasi ang alam namin ang US talaga ang gumagamit niyan eh,” he said.
[We have a feeling that it was the Americans who told them to use it. Because we know that it’s the US that really uses it.]
The militant leader also denied that the violence started from their side.
“The violence doesn’t come from protesters. The violence comes from the use of state fascism. When they start blocking people, they deployed thousands of policemen, when they block our way, that’s the source of violence that people have to resist,” he said.