Luneta rally delivers a resounding ‘Never again to Martial Law’

News Philippines Sep 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm


MANILA – The crowd was a friendly, cheerful mix of old and young. There were schoolkids, millennials, middle-aged and seniors. Their placards and printed out tarps were witty yet angry and committed to fighting the return of, or tendencies toward, Martial Law, extra-judicial killings, corruption, and tyranny. They clapped, chanted and sang as a group and many stayed despite the rains toward the end of the program.

A slice of Luneta near Jose Rizal’s monument was bustling earlier than 4 p.m. on September 21. Black-clad protesters arrived in groups with their placards. Around 5 p.m. the brightly-lit stage welcomed the arrival of marchers from Mendiola. The marchers were mostly comprised of the Sandugo’s Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya. They had spent the good part of the day protesting martial law in Mindanao and the tendencies toward martial law nationwide. There were at least two video walls to bring images of the Luneta rally’s program to those at the back.

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