Friday, March 17, 2006

Police response, "paranoid and heavy-handed" - Black and White Movement

Now comes Inq.7 with its report of the arrest of Corazon "Dinky" Soliman and Vicente "Enteng" Romano.

Former social welfare chief Soliman arrested

Former social welfare secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman and Black and White Movement convener Vicente "Enteng" Romano III were arrested by police while about to hold a "flash mob" protest at the Baywalk area of downtown Manila.

Leah Navarro, a member of the Black and White Movement, said that Romano and Soliman were about to cross the street near Malate Church when police arrested them late Friday.

Romano is behind the Black Friday Protest, a series of snap demonstrations.

Soliman was among 10 top government officials who quit Arroyo's government last year and subsequently called for the president's ouster over allegations she cheated in the May 2004 polls.

Navarro told that there were less than 30 people who were set to hold the flash protest at Baywalk, a strip of open cafes along Roxas Boulevard fronting Manila Bay.

About 50 riot policemen were deployed in the area.

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