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Filipinos form coalition against Duterte’s ‘autocratic rule’

Clergy, academics, lawyers, journalists and artists launched a broad coalition against the “autocratic rule” of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ucanews.com reported that more than 400 people representing an array of organisations launched the Movement Against Tyranny at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City on 28th August, just days after more than 1,000 protesters joined the funeral march of a 17-year-old student killed by police.

Organisers said a quarter of the mourners came from faith-based groups and included a Catholic bishop and priests, nuns and seminarians.

As Duterte urged Filipinos to uphold the rule of law during commemorations honouring the country’s national heroes, Movement Against Tyranny speakers at the coalition’s launch reminded citizens that many of these heroes were jailed or killed for fighting for the rights of Filipinos.

They tore a banner depicting a horizontal clenched fist that Duterte has made famous and introduced their own logo using the same colours, showing a woman fighting for freedom and civil liberties, ucanews.com reported.

Picture: A young man in Manila, Philippines, holds a placard on 25th August at a memorial for Kian Delos Santos, a 17-year-old shot in an escalation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. (CNS photo/Dondi Tawatao, Reuters).