Photos | Aquino’s #APEC2015 repression breeds resistance

Save for outright declaration of war, President Aquino tried everything to dampen protests against the APEC summit. Obviously, it did not work.

President Aquino’s state security forces did all it can to prevent protests: declare a “no permit, no rally” policy, set up police barricades across much of the city of Manila, block and, in some cases, even detain protesters from the provinces. By the evening of November 18, cops had blocked all exits from the Baclaran Redemptorish Church, where 700 Lumad and Mindanaoans had camped out after being driven away from freedom park Liwasang Bonifacio. It deployed hundreds of cops from different provinces (how’s the crime incidence in Tarlac or Bulacan, by the way?) to Liwasang Bonifacio.

Aquino still failed to dampen the protests.

An estimated 10,000 people showed up–out of nowhere, it seemed–in Taft Avenue on the morning of November 19, and marched from Kalaw to Buendia, where a phalanx of armed PNP Special Action Force blocked the way. The protesters proceeded to march along Buendia, until they were stopped by a throng of anti-riot cops and container vans near the corner of Roxas Bouleverd and Buendia.

Clearly, Aquino never heard of the adage “repression breeds resistance”. The more he tried to stifle dissent, the more he invites it, especially with a highly unpopular and ultra-expensive event as the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) economic leaders’ summit.

Thousands appeared--apparently out of nowhere--and began massing up in the corner of Kalaw and Taft, before marching to Buendia. <b>Marjo Malubay</b>

Thousands appeared–apparently out of nowhere–and began massing up in the corner of Kalaw and Taft, before marching to Buendia. Marjo Malubay

Protesters brought placards made of plywood that double as shields for protection. <b>Darius Galang</b>

Protesters brought placards made of plywood that double as shields for protection. Darius Galang

Workers point out that APEC has been a venue for monopoly capitalists to push for even cheaper and more docile labor. <b>Jaze Marco</b>

Workers point out that APEC has been a venue for monopoly capitalists to push for even cheaper and more docile labor. Jaze Marco

Protesters reach the corner of Buendia and Roxas Boulevard only to be blocked by cops. <b>Darius Galang</b>

Protesters reach the corner of Buendia and Roxas Boulevard only to be blocked by cops. Darius Galang

photo by mykel andrada

Protesters help out a fellow activist hurt during police attempts to disperse the rallies. Mykel Andrada

As cops push, protesters push back. <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

As cops push, protesters push back. Boy Bagwis

Photo by <b>Jaze Marco</b>

Photo by Jaze Marco

Photo by <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Photo by Boy Bagwis

Photo by <b>Boy Bagwis</b>

Photo by Boy Bagwis

Phalanx of anti-riot ops were standard scene in Metro Manila during the last two days. <b>Marjo Malubay</b>

Phalanx of anti-riot cops were standard scene in Metro Manila during the last two days. Marjo Malubay

As cops try to push against the protesters, Army soldiers take pictures and look on. One soldier, however, wearing a helmet, stood among the cops (in the middle). <b>KR Guda</b>

As cops try to push against the protesters, Army soldiers take pictures and look on. One soldier, however, wearing a helmet, stood among the cops (in the middle). KR Guda

Activists, many of them youths, successfully stood their ground against the better equipped and trained cops. <b>KR Guda</b>

Activists, many of them youths, successfully stood their ground against the better equipped and trained cops. KR Guda

The cops then began hosing the protesters with water cannons. <b>KR Guda</b>

The cops then began hosing the protesters with water cannons. KR Guda

Cops also began using their truncheons. <b>Pher Pasion</b>

Cops also began using their truncheons. Pher Pasion

Photo by <b>Pher Pasion</b>

Photo by Pher Pasion

Photo by <b>KR Guda</b>

Photo by KR Guda

Photo by <b>KR Guda</b>

Photo by KR Guda

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An icon of the Palestinian liberation movement, Leila Khaled, speaks at the program in solidarity with the anti-APEC protesters. Mykel Andrada

Protesters burn an effigy depicting US imperialism as a huge vulture. <b>Darius Galang</b>

Protesters burn an effigy depicting US imperialism as a huge vulture. Darius Galang

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