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books, not bullets!

Rebo Press firmly stands with authors, creatives, independent book sellers and bookstores. We condemn the vandalism and red-tagging of Popular Bookstore and other tactics to silence the intellectual freedom and freedom of expression of both authors and book consumers.

Rebo Press firmly stands with authors, creatives, independent book sellers and bookstores. We condemn the vandalism and red-tagging of Popular Bookstore and other tactics to silence the intellectual freedom and freedom of expression of both authors and book consumers.

The entire point of having bookstores is to widen the vista for reading and learning, and to provide a space where all ideas can be accessed by anyone who wishes to read.

The forces that use such underhanded tactics to intimidate and silence those who wish to read critical and progressive books and other forms of literature are obviously not part of the country’s progression toward liberation. They are part of its decades-old stagnation and corruption.

And they probably have no use for books either, which is why they don’t understand why it’s a bad idea to vandalize bookstores and intimidate people. It’s probably hard to appreciate books if you don’t read and you’re preoccupied with thoughts of death and killing people.

We believe that their energies are best diverted to things more useful, such as NOT killing farmers, students, activists, and cultural workers.

As we are entering an even darker age in Philippine politics, we must all band together against the very real dangers of speaking and writing. We stand in solidarity with genuine indie publishers, artists, creatives, and cultural workers as we continue with committed writing and the necessary work for upliftment and organizing.

#BooksNotBullets #NoToRedTagging #PublishingIsNotTerrorism

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