By KMU International Department
Kilusang Mayo Uno labor center pays tribute to Comrade Patrick Mac Manus. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
The name “Patrick MacManus” is immediately recognizable to many comrades here in the Philippines and abroad doing international solidarity work. We have known the bearer of that name to be a dedicated revolutionary who maximized the potential of new media – the Internet, in particular – in spreading progressive analyses and positions on various issues affecting the workers and peoples of the world. He embodied the mantra of his blog – “For Solidarity with the Oppressed” – in opposing imperialist wars of aggression and economic plunder against the workers and peoples of the world.
The Filipino workers and people will always be grateful to Comrade Patrick Mac Manus and comrades in Denmark for supporting, in particular, the Filipino workers’ and people’s struggle against trade-union and human rights violations under the US-backed dictatorial regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They were very vocal in condemning the illegal arrest, physical and mental torture, and unjust detention of the Morong 43, and in calling for their immediate release. They also called on the Aquino government to stop the alarming extra-judicial killings in the Philippines which victimized human rights advocates and defenders.
Comrade Patrick Mac Manus was a brave anti-imperialist. He stood defiant with the Rebellion-Denmark in challenging the post 9-11 European Union anti-terrorist legislation and terrorist list. Rebellion-Denmark faced charges in the Copenhagen City Court for supporting the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). Both organizations are legitimate national liberation or resistance movements, and their inclusion on the terrorist list is largely dictated by United States government foreign policy.
The workers and people of world is fortunate to have a comrade who saw the oppression of different sectors and of different colors, and saw the need for heightened awareness of peoples of different countries. His works clearly demonstrate his profound commitment to international solidarity.
We are very hopeful that the revolutionary spirit of Patrick Mac Manus continues to live on in the militant consciousness and actions of the workers and peoples of Europe, of advanced capitalist countries, and of the world.
* Comrade Patrick died of throat cancer on August 12,2011.