KMU Leaders Arrested in Attempted Visit to Jailed Solon

Posted 6:00 p.m. Feb. 27, 2006

Two leaders of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU or May First Movement) were arrested this morning as they and close to a hundred members of the said labor federation trooped to Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Arrested were Dennis Maga and Marcial Dabela. Maga is the spokesperson of the Gloria Step Down Movement (GSM) while Dabela is the vice-chairperson of the Association of Democratic labor Organizations (ADLO).

The militant workers had intended to visit jailed Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran, who has been detained at Camp Crame since being arrested Feb. 25. They were stopped by about 150 truncheon-wielding policemen a few hundred meters from Camp Crame’s EDSA gate.

Maga tried to negotiate with the police so that the militant workers could be allowed to enter Camp Crame and visit Beltran. As negotiations were going on, a police officer ordered the anti-riot team to disperse the workers and arrested Maga and Dabela. (

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