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‘We Are Farmers. We Are Not Terrorists’

A Q&A with a Filipino activist leading the fight for the rights of peasant farmers in their homeland

A crowd of protesters holding vertical red flags and carrying a large banner with Tagalog writing.
Photo from a 2015 KMP demonstration, before Duterte took office. Duterte campaigned on the populist promise of redistribution, but since taking office in 2016, not only has he failed to deliver that land, he has cracked down on those who dare to fight for it. Photo: Pacific Press contributor/Getty Images

Early in the morning of August 10, Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis, 72, was murdered by unidentified assailants in his apartment in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Echanis was the chairman of the left-wing Anakpawis Partylist, and deputy…

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