“APEC not welcome in PH!”
Thousands of youth and students led by Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, National Union of Students of the Philippines and Kabataan Partylist are set to hold a week-long protest camp as heads of state arrive in the country for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting on November 18-19.
Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said a nationwide campus walkout and a march to Mendiola is set on November 13 to kick-off the week-long protest. Student groups are also set to hold a protest camp on November 17, International Students’ Day and marches on November 18 and 19 when the APEC meeting is set to be held.
“The APEC has been a tool by big imperialist nations led by the US, Japan and now also China to bully the poor nations into implementing policies for neoliberal globalization. This has meant greater misery, poverty and economic backwardness for the poor countries in the region like the Philippines,” he said.
He said that “concretely, the APEC policies have kept wages low, prices and tuition rates high, have pushed for privatization of public services and the abuse of our environment and resources.”
Students burned a logo of APEC and Obama in Manila today to announce the set of protests.
“The APEC ‘regional economic integration’ agenda will further serve the interest of the big countries like the US, Japan and China. They are set to approve exploitative agreement templates like the controversial US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This will further liberalize trade and investments, destroy remaining vestiges of national protection, and opens up the human, and natural resources of underdeveloped countries and peoples in the Asia-Pacific to further exploitation by the US and other dominant capitalist powers. The APEC is a bane for the country and the Filipinos. They are not welcome here,” he said.
He called on the government to stop “overkill” measures against protests and said they should let the world see and hear the sentiments of the Filipino people and the real situation in the country.
“The Aquino government is desperately trying to cover-up its crimes and is hiding the real situation of the country from the world. Contrary to ‘building a better world’, Aquino and the APEC has made the situation worse for the Filipno people and the world. No amount of make-up and police violence can cover this up,” he said.
Reference: Vencer Crisotomo, 09399207114