Who is Thomas van Beersum?
He's this guy-
Why is Thomas van Beersum in the Philippines?
"I am tired of the extrajudicial killings, the illegal arrests, the forced demolitions, the land-grabbings, the puppetry to US imperialism, tired of all the oppression and exploitation of the workers, farmers, students, women, indigenous, urban poor, LGBTs, and all other oppressed groups."
The activist is here for the International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and joined the protest rally at the President's SONA. Oh and he's pals with Joma Sison.
After the crying cop photo went viral, Thomas wrote a letter for PO1 Sevilla:
I write this letter because unlike the other police at the protest, you did not act violently like your mates and you did not attack us. You did what you thought was right. You were confronted with the repressive character of the police and did not follow the orders of your superiors... I hope to see you again next year, during the SONA protest of 2014. But then I hope that we will be on the same side. Together against the crimes of the state and against the violent forces that exist purely to defend that state. Together in upholding the interests of the Filipino people.