Militant workers ready for Labor Day protests

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

THOUSANDS of workers and other sectors of society are expected to join protests in Metro Manila and other parts of the country to condemn President Benigno Aquino III for some of his policies.

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said this year's May 1 protest will carry the theme "Pahirap, Korap, Tuta ng Kano: Labanan at Gapiin ang Rehimeng US-Aquino!" as it alleged Aquino of pressing down workers' wages, signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States and pushing for charter change.

Aside from Metro Manila, KMU said protests will be conducted in Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Panay Islands, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Western Mindanao, Far South Mindanao and Eastern Mindanao.

In Metro Manila, protesters will converge at Welcome Rotonda, Monumento, Quirino, Stop N Shop, and Plaza Hernandez in the morning and then march to Liwasang Bonifacio and then to Mendiola in Manila in the afternoon.

People's artist and social realist painter Orlando Castillo prepared a mural which depicts the "puppetry" of Aquino to the US and the workers' and people's resistance to Aquino and which will be used as the backdrop for the protest's program, KMU said.

Artists from the UgatLahi Artists' Collective, on the other hand, prepared an effigy titled "Noynoy Puppetnoid," which depicts Aquino as a robot that functions according to dictates by the US and which will be paraded in the protest and burned in Mendiola. (Sunnex)

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