Filipinos echo ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement

Carmela LaPeña
GMA News

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement protesting economic inequality and the power of United States financial institutions has spread from New York City to other parts of the world, including the Philippines.

Meetups have been held in over 1,300 cities worldwide, as reflected on the online hub “Occupy Together.”

Filipinos supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement are also utilizing the Internet, organizing their activities on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

In the Philippines, the movement’s supporters’ first action was held on October 14, when protesters marched in Makati City from the Ninoy Aquino monument on Ayala Avenue to the American Chamber of Commerce.

However, according to the Occupy Philippines Facebook page, organizers ended the program early due to “certain problems.”

On the other hand, a meetup on October 15 in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila was more successful than the one held the previous day.

Members of Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis, Bayan, and Gabriela held a solidarity action for Occupy Wall Street, bearing slogans that said:”fight national oppression and racism,” “promote academic freedom,” “end capitalism,” “no to U.S. war and plunder,” “resist imperialist landgrabbing,” “no to exploitation of workers,” “land to the tillers,” and “no to Charter Change.”

On the other hand, an Occupy Rizal Park Together page scheduled a solidarity action also on October 15, but some protesters who made the trip to Luneta left when they couldn’t find the others.

“It’s really a problem when there are SO MANY occupy PH pages,” observed Facebook user Anton Dulce.

October 15 was set as a global day of action, with simultaneous events in over 650 cities.

Read more at GMA News

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