By: Ingediend door Lars op Vrij
Today (July 18 2014), the Filipino massmovement organized a solidarity protest as a reaction of the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Even though the country is paralyzed after it was hit by Typhoon Glenda, we managed to gather about 200 people to protest. Represented were trade unionists, health workers (some of which have hosted Palestinian exposurists), international delegates from USA, South-Korea, Cambodja and Belgium, human rights activists and religious groups. During the short rally at Mendiola the people asked their government to condemn the Israeli airstrikes & currently ongoing ground attack, the killing of civilians (especially the children) and to denounce the extreme oppression of both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Israel. Not only the Israeli government is targetted by these outcries against injustice: the role of the USA, solid defender of there violations of international law, was singled out by several speakers and signs held by protestors.