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March 21, 2021

Protests

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Women’s day. More than a thousand individuals marched to Mendiola, Manila to commemorate the International Working Women’s Day last March 8. Organizations led by Gabriela demanded the immediate distribution of aid, and the people’s right to livelihood, wages and employment. Similar protest actions were launched in Baguio City, Bulacan, Naga City, at Iloilo City.

One year under lockdown. Around 150 members of national democratic organizations protested in front of the office of the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City on March 17 the first anniversary of the lockdown imposed by Rodrigo Duterte in Luzon. They demanded the regime to ensure the supply of safe and free vaccines, distribution of a ₱10,000-aid and an end to the militaristic lockdown. Similar protests were mounted in various parts of Metro Manila, Laguna, Baguio City and Central Luzon. Members of Kadamay, Anakbayan and Piston also protested in Quezon City on March 15.

Defend Southern Tagalog. Mass organizations protested in Calamba, Laguna last March 16 to condemn the the killings in Southern Tagalog in what was called the “Bloody Sunday,” and demand the release of those arrested. Protests were also mounted by activists in US, France and Australia.

Protest against privatization of market in Cebu. Three hundred vendors and their supporters protested in front of the office of the mayor of Cebu City last March 17 to oppose the privatization of a local market. This was their third week of protest. The local government targets to award the privatization concession to Megawide Construction Corporation.

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