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Philippines: Protesters burn effigy of ex-President Marcos on Human Rights Day01:51

Philippines: Protesters burn effigy of ex-President Marcos on Human Rights Day

Turkey, Manila
December 10, 2016 at 20:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters burned effigies of former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on the streets of Manila, Saturday, using Human Rights Day to criticise the government decision to hold a ceremonial burial for the former autocrat.

The protesters marched through the city carrying various different effigies, including one depicting dead political prisoners and one representing Marcos. At the end of the march the protesters set the Marcos effigy alight.

One of the protesters, Bonifacio Ilagan, former political prisoner and spokesperson of Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang addressed the crowd, saying “Marcos is no hero. He is a heel. Marcos does not deserve a hero’s burial. He has been ousted by the people.”

Marcos was buried with military honours on 18 November, 27 years after his death. He ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981. At least 2,500 people were executed during his rule, 800 of the bodies are still missing.

Philippines: Protesters burn effigy of ex-President Marcos on Human Rights Day01:51
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Hundreds of protesters burned effigies of former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos on the streets of Manila, Saturday, using Human Rights Day to criticise the government decision to hold a ceremonial burial for the former autocrat.

The protesters marched through the city carrying various different effigies, including one depicting dead political prisoners and one representing Marcos. At the end of the march the protesters set the Marcos effigy alight.

One of the protesters, Bonifacio Ilagan, former political prisoner and spokesperson of Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang addressed the crowd, saying “Marcos is no hero. He is a heel. Marcos does not deserve a hero’s burial. He has been ousted by the people.”

Marcos was buried with military honours on 18 November, 27 years after his death. He ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981. At least 2,500 people were executed during his rule, 800 of the bodies are still missing.

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