Sept. 10, 2019
ATM Statement on the arrest of environmental women activists in Manila
ATM strongly condemns the arrest and detention of women activists who staged a non-violent protest action inside Sofitel Hotel in Manila, earlier today.
The six women conducted a “mannequin challenge” inside the lobby of Sofitel Hotel to protest against destructive mining operations in the Philippines. An international mining conference was holding its opening program when the protest was launched by environmental groups led by LILAK, Oryang, and PKKK.
The arrest and detention of the activists was unnecessary as the action was exactly done in a silent and non-disruptive manner, with the women posing as “mannequins” to depict the lack of voice and power of women affected by destructive mining projects.
ATM condemns the police for the unnecessary arrest. This is an over-reaction by the police, the hotel security and he organizers of the mining conference, and only shows that the mining industry and the police have limited understanding of freedom of expression.
ATM, especially its Women and Mining Working Group, will intensify its resistance and cry out with a louder voice to protect our environment and the future generations against destructive mining.