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Philippines: Mass Protests Oppose President Duterte’s Authoritarianism

HeadlineSep 22, 2017

In the Philippines, tens of thousands of protesters rallied in cities across the country Thursday, warning that President Rodrigo Duterte was on the brink of imposing a dictatorship. The mass protests came on the 45th anniversary of nationwide military rule imposed by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Organizers pledged that future anti-Duterte rallies will be even bigger.

Vencer Crisostomo: “This is the biggest rally so far of the youth and people, and the rallies are bound to get bigger. And the Duterte government is bound to get more isolated and more exposed amongst the people, and soon will be ousted.”

Duterte has already declared martial law over the Philippines’ Mindanao region, and he’s threatened to expand a bloody so-called war on drugs that’s seen police and vigilantes kill at least 12,500 people since Duterte took office last year.

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