‘Protest art’ shines in this year’s #UnitedPeopleSONA

Features Philippines Jul 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm

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By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — From jellyfish to fishing boats to a real-life Ursula, protesters squeezed their creative juices at an entirely new level at this year’s United People’s SONA as they came up with props thar reflect their calls.

“Visual progressive art is important in protest actions like these. It expresses more clearly our calls,” Opeh Rico of Sining Obrero – Southern Mindanao Region told Bulatlat.

Their group is behind the “evil fish” they dubbed as “China-ng ina.” Their work is just one of the many notable protest art during the march, along with the centerpiece of today’s protest by Ugatlahi. Its effigy depicted Duterte as a mythical sea creature known to Filipinos as “syokoy.”

Many props and placards also used the “sea” theme, taking after the issue of the West Philippine Sea and President Duterte’s apparent subservience to the China government. This, it appears, united many groups from a broad political spectrum.

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