On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the ‘People Power’ mass movement
of 1986, which brought down the hated Marcos dictatorship, Philippines
president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, declared a State of Emergency. This
was ostensibly to head off an attempted coup from within the army.
Days of angry street demonstrations in the Philippines capital Manila
culminated in an attack on the presidential palace in the early hours of
May 1. After seven hours of battles with the police using teargas, water
cannon and live ammunition, four people were dead, over 100 injured and
hundreds more arrested. A state...
A corrupt and inept president - Joseph ’Erap’ Estrada of the Philippines
- has been removed from power by a mass movement on the streets. This
comes just months after the overthrow of Milosevic in Serbia and a year
after the revolutionary events of Ecuador. Once again it has been
demonstrated that action -...