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They will traverse 1,497 km to protest their plight!

Dubbed as ‘Baktas BTL: Fight for Land and Life!’, 100 farmer leaders and supporting organizations and individuals will traverse 1,497 kilometers separating their homes and the national capital to set up camp at the Department of Agrarian Reform at the Quezon Circle on October 11, 2017. The collective journey and the campout aim to press the government, through the DAR, to officially declare the farmers as the rightful owners of the BTL-tilled lands, and at the same time recognize the rights of the Lumad to their ancestral domain. They will officially submit their petition to DAR and gain public support for their demand.

They will march from Manila to Quezon City, passing by churches and other government institutions on the way. They will leave Cagayan de Oro on October 8, and pass by various provinces for some awareness-raising actions before proceeding to Manila. The farmers will be at the camp-out from October 11 to 25, and will hold forums, discussions and other actions in schools, and other support institutions.

Visit Baktas BTL’s official website here!

How you can help? 
Organize a forum or any awareness-raising activities in your schools, churches, offices or communities.
Visit the Kampuhan from October 11-25 in front of DAR and interact with the farmers, or listen to their stories and songs of struggle, see their exhibit and cultural performances, and more.
Speak against this case of state-sponsored land grabbing. Issue a solidarity message, write CMU officials or President Duterte and international bodies, or voice out your opinions in social media and other channels in support of the BTL farmers.
Donate to support the farmers’ cause for land and life. Help them sustain their camp out with rice, food and other material or cash donations, or you may buy their organic rice produce to augment their organization’s income.

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