Ac­tivists, some nude, protest burial of dic­ta­tor Mar­cos

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Thou­sands of Filipinos, in­clud­ing more than a dozen nude stu­dents, protested Fri­day against the hasty burial of Philip­pine dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos in a heroes’ ceme­tery, in a grow­ing po­lit­i­cal storm that’s lash­ing the pres­i­dent who al­lowed the en­tomb­ment.

A few thou­sand ac­tivists joined a “Black Fri­day” protest de­spite rainy weather at Manila’s sea­side Rizal Park, where they car­ried Mar­cos’ ef­figy in a mock cof­fin.

While the anger was di­rected at Mar­cos and his fam­ily, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was also tar­geted for al­low­ing the burial of the dic­ta­tor, who was ousted in a largely peace­ful re­volt three decades ago.

Pro­test­ers held plac­ards read­ing “Digong traitor, a lap­dog of the dic­ta­tor,” re­fer­ring to Duterte by his nick­name.

Dozens of stu­dents trooped out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace in Manila in a sep­a­rate protest and burned an ef­figy of Mar­cos in a mock cof­fin.

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