PHILIPPINES: THOUSANDS OF SLUM DWELLERS PROTEST AGAINST DEMOLITION OF THEIR HOMES FOR FORTHCOMING REGIONAL SUMMITRecord ID: 639969
- Title: PHILIPPINES: THOUSANDS OF SLUM DWELLERS PROTEST AGAINST DEMOLITION OF THEIR HOMES FOR FORTHCOMING REGIONAL SUMMIT
- Date: 24th September 1996
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (SEPTEMBER 24, 1996)(RTV) 1. LV PROTESTERS MARCHING DOWN STREET; MEN PLAYING DRUMS (3 SHOTS) 0.14 2. SV CHILDREN MARCHING SHOUTING "BAHAY! BAHAY!" (MEANING "HOUSE" IN TAGALOG) (2 SHOTS) 0.31 3. SLV POLICEMEN STANDING BEHIND CORDON (2 SHOTS) 0.39 4. SV PROTESTERS TRYING TO REMOVE BARRICADE 0.44 5. SV POLICEMEN TELLING PROTESTERS TO MOVE BACK 0.48 6. SV EFFIGY OF PHIILPPINES' PRESIDENT FIDEL RAMOS 0.58 7. SLV PROTESTERS CHANTING 1.02 8. PROTEST LEADER RENATO CONSTANTINO TALKING TO REPORTERS 9. SV CONSTANTINO SAYING "WELL, APEC WILL BE A SHOWCASE FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS HOLLOW BOAST. BUT IT WILL EVEN BE A SHOWCASE FOR THE TRUE REALITY OBTAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES - THE PEOPLE, URBAN POOR, THE WORKERS, THE PEASANTS, THE WOMEN, THE CHILDREN WILL SHOW THE TRUE NATURE OF THE SUCCESS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS BOASTING ABOUT." (2 SHOTS) (ENGLISH) 1.25 10.GV PROTEST LEADERS SPEAKING AT THE RALLY 1.32 11.SV PROTESTERS LISTENING TO SPEAKERS 1.39 12.SCU PLACARD READING "APEC EQUALS DEMOLITION" IN TAGALOG 1.40 13.SCU RAMOS EFFIGY 1.43 14.SV PROTESTER WITH PLACARD READING "APEC IS AGAINST THE POOR" IN TAGALOG 1.48 15. GV PROTEST 1.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MANILA PHILIPPINES
- Country: Phillippines
- Duration: 00:01:53
- Story Text: INTRO: Slum dwellers in the Philippines have protested against the destruction of shantytowns in Manila before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting there.
Thousands of slum dwellers marched through Manila on Wednesday (September 24) protesting against the demolition of their shanties ahead of a November summit of world leaders.
The protesters said government wrecking crews had destroyed 3,000 shanties around Manila since June and 13,000 more were set to disappear before the summit of leaders of the 18 member nations of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Rally organisers accused the government of rushing the demolition of the homes in a bid to clean up the city for visiting APEC leaders.
The leaders arrive in Manila on November 24 for their fourth summit at the Subic Bay freeport just north of the Philippine capital.
The summit will be preceded by a ministerial conference in Manila.
Officials deny the demolitions are part of a campaign to beautify Manila and say moving squatters to resettlement areas is part of a programme to develop urban centres and their economies.
But the protesters accused the government of pursuing development at the expense of the poor.
Protest leader Renato Constantino said that while the government would be hoping to showcase its claims of economic strength, the poor would be there to expose the true reality of the Philippines.
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