Diliman Commune

Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 66, no. 4 (2018), 481-516.

A Planned and Coordinated Anarchy

The Barricades of 1971 and the ‘Diliman Commune.’

In early February 1971, students at UP Diliman erected barricades, fought off the military, and briefly established the “Diliman Commune.”

Using material produced by the “communards” themselves, along with contemporary press reports, I reconstruct the dramatic narrative of the commune and debunk two prominent myths: that is a was spontaneous uprising and that it was an isolated event.

The commune was a part of a widely coordinated set of barricades raised by the radical groups Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan (SDK) in service, in the final analysis, to the political interests of their ruling class allies in an election year.

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