Hundreds of student protestors gathered at the Philippines University in Manila on Thursday (26 September) to demand the overthrow of President Ferdinand Marcos' martial law regime.
Hundreds of student protestors gathered at the Philippines University in Manila on Thursday (26 September) to demand the overthrow of President Ferdinand Marcos' martial law regime. It was the second noisy rally to be held in the capital since September the twentieth -- when nearly a thousand students took to the streets on the eve of seventh anniversary of the introduction of martial law.
SYNOPSIS: Security police stayed off the campus during the four-hour rally.
Student discontent came to the surface earlier this month when the government announced increases in tuition fees. They chanted "Down with martial law" and "Marcos, Hitler, dictator, puppet". President Marcos has defended his decision to continue martial law by citing the regional conflicts, internal problems and even the possibility of nuclear confrontation between the supper powers.
There have been increasingly sharp voices raised against martial law from citizens, politicians and the clergy. President Marcos did promise pay rises for the armed forces, and local elections in eighteen months time. But critics say that people are beginning to lose hope, and some at least are contemplating real violence.
Student leaders at the rally made fiery anti-government speeches, denounced United States imperialism and multinational companies. One said that after seven years, the nation's crisis had deepened.