2 bookstores in Manila labeled in red; groups condemn incident

SEVERAL groups on Wednesday (March 23) condemned the red marking of two local independent bookstores in Metro Manila whose signs and walls were splattered with red paint and anti-communist messages.

The Solidaridad Bookstore on Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila and the People’s Bookstore on Morato Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City were vandalized on Monday evening March 21 or early morning Tuesday March 22.

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) called on authorities to investigate the incidents, saying, “If we care deeply about keeping our democracy healthy and vibrant, then together we must condemn this act. vandalism criminal. and red marking.

“It is sad that in the face of the alarming decline of bookstores in a metropolis that claims to be the educational and cultural center of the nation, two bookstores that have boldly stood, however desperate, as fortresses of culture and enlightenment, became targets of red-tagging and thuggery,” the group said.

“In the more recent past, some state officials have raised the red bogey against people or sectors expressing their opinion, often to the displeasure of the powers that be; and that is why we call on local authorities and the police to urgently investigate the violence against Solidaridad and Popular,” he added.

The group said bookstores are “channels of free expression and opinion that are fundamental to the health and well-being of a democracy”.

“This may literally be true in the case of Solidaridad, which is also a publishing house and the headquarters of the Philippine Center of International PEN. The PEN Club includes writers and journalists who are at either end – or on all registers – of the ideological divide,” he said in a statement.

“Ideological branding and the violence of political partisanship do nothing but silence bookstores, and even drive them out of business,” he added.

The Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (Contend), an organization of progressive professors and scholars from the University of the Philippines, also condemned the defacement of the People’s Bookstore and the Solidaridad Bookstore.

He said the degradation is clearly another attack on academic freedom and critical thinking.

“The hostile learning environment appears to be the work of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac), the same state entity that has prompted the removal of progressive books from some libraries since 2021. “, did he declare.

“As book buyers and authors, we support the independent bookstores that have served generations of students and writers in the Philippines. people’s money in bogus agencies such as NTF-Elcac Let’s reiterate our call to defend our academic freedom!

Another group, Academics Unite for Democracy and Human Rights (ADHR), has joined the call for an investigation into the incidents, saying “bookstore shelves are snapshots of how a nation thinks at every moment. of its history. Bookstores with shelves empty of books or filled only with books containing a single idea or no idea reflect the deep intellectual poverty of a nation.

“The worst part, however, is that these vandals want a Philippines without real bookstores. If we don’t raise our voices loudly against this new atrocity, we will become a nation that truly and truly deserves nothing but sellers of inspirational books, pens and pristine stationery. Let us defend our schools, libraries and bookstores from all attacks on academic and intellectual freedom! he added.

ADHR is an alliance of professors, researchers, university administrators and education professionals from leading universities in the country.

He is the initiator of the online repository “Aswang sa Aklatan” of books attacked by the Duterte government.

Savage Mind: Arts, Books, Cinema, an independent bookstore in Naga City, also condemned the red labeling, pointing out “one single ideology does not define a bookstore or a library, for that matter.”

“Books are part of education and nation building. Take away access to them and you have a poorer population in terms of education. We stand in solidarity with all the centers and places that encourage reading and writing. We defend freedom. We fight for literacy and critical thinking. We, along with the rest of those who believe in the power of knowledge, call on the government to provide a safe space where the right to read, write and think is protected and encouraged,” he said.

The defacement of the Librairie Populaire and the Librairie Solidaridad reportedly took place on Tuesday, March 22, after the management of the two bookstores announced it.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, March 22, Popular Bookstore management said anti-communist messages greeted them Tuesday morning when the store opened.

“Our reaction was not fear. It was more consternation and exasperation. Books are not bullets and bombs. Books are for education and enlightenment. It is a repository of history and culture. This is what differentiates humanity from animals,” he said.

“To those responsible for this philistine act, we would like to reiterate that Popular Bookstore is a bookstore for bibliophiles (obviously you are not one of them),” he added.

The popular bookstore was founded in 1945 by anti-Marcos businessman Joaquin Po Sr.

The Solidaridad bookstore, on the other hand, belonged to the late National Artist of Literature, F. Sionil Jose. (SunStar Philippines)

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u201cTo those responsible for this philistine act, we would like to reiterate that Popular Bookstore is a bookstore for bibliophiles (obviously you are not one of them),u201d he added.

The popular bookstore was founded in 1945 by anti-Marcos businessman Joaquin Po Sr.

The Solidaridad bookstore, on the other hand, belonged to the late National Artist of Literature, F. Sionil Jose. (SunStar Philippines)

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