Filipinos do silent martial law anniversary protest in Ireland

Former President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the country on September 21, 1972. Last Friday marked the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the country.

In line with this, militant groups and pro-government groups who did their own protests in Metro Manila.

This even led to the announcement of the suspension of classes in Manila in all levels as a security measure.

In Ireland, a group of Filipinos also did their own silent protest in front of the General Post Office in Dublin.

One of our friends in who wished to be kept anonymous sent photos of the said protest.

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Here’s the added info that was sent to us:

Okay so here’s I know what happened. A group of Filipinos organized a silent protest against martial law yesterday, 20 Sep at 5:30 pm in front of the General Post Office in Dublin, Ireland. They announced it in a few “Filipinos in Ireland” Facebook groups.

I passed by because hey you know, I wanted to see what my people were up to. I didn’t know counter-protesters were going to be there as well. This happened on O’Connell Street, one of the main streets in a busy tourist/shopping area.

The pro-Dutertes were already chanting “shame on you” to the silent protesters when I got there. Shortly after I recorded the video, the other group started yelling “never again”. Sayang I wasn’t able to record it. Medyo awkward standing in the middle of them.

I think they got dispersed by the cops because they started leaving a few minutes later.

Personally, I don’t get the shame on you bit. Shame on them because they don’t support the martial law? I also don’t get why they were counter-protesting with a federalism banner when the issue was about not wanting martial law to happen again.

Watch the video of the protest below:

In the Philippines, Malacañang issued a proclamation that suspended working and classes on September 21, 2017 as part of a “National Day of Protest.” However, this proclaimed again this year.

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