Based upon the video footage taken by Lykfm Teleradyo and first posted by Tamaraw Riders, the security forces first used water cannons during the dispersal as stones thrown from both sides.
A reporter was also heard in the video confirming that gun shots were fired during the incident. Due to the harsh dispersal of protesting farmers, several members of the protesters were wounded during a rally at the national highway in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.
The farmers barricaded the national highway for three days and they were demanding the release of 15,000 sacks of rice subsidy as El Nino worsen in the province.
Watch the Harsh Dispersal of Protesters in Kidapawan City:
Sigaw ng mga raliyesta: Bigas hindi bato! Bigas hindi bala! Panoorin ang marahas na pagbuwag ng mga pulis sa mga raliyesta sa Kidapawan City kung saan umabot na sa tatlo na magsasaka ang nasawi at maraming iba pa ang nasugatan.May mukhang maihaharap pa kaya ang Liberal Party sa Cotabato maging sa buong Pilipinas matapos ang insidente na ito?At ito ba ang sinasabi nina PNoy at Mar Roxas na dapat ipagpatuloy ang Daang Matuwid?(c) Lykfm TeleradyoPosted by Tamaraw Riders on Friday, April 1, 2016