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Philippines marks 5 decades since start of martial law era | Asia | An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW


Hundreds of protesters — including human rights activists and Christian groups — held peaceful rallies across the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday to mark five decades since the country’s late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. declared martial law.

Many demonstrators carried signs reading “never again” and displaying images of victims of the martial law era, which lasted 14 years until Marcos Sr. was ousted following a popular uprising.

Former political detainees, activists and youth leaders reflected on the commemoration and the state of human rights in the Philippines, with the former dictator’s son and namesake now ruling the country as president.

‘Never forget’

Bonifacio Ilagan was a 23-year-old student activist in the ’70s when state forces raided the safe house…



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