Filipino activists accuse Marcos of ‘witch-hunt’

Protesters hold portraits of victims of forced disappearances during the rally marking the 51st anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Manila. – EPA pic, September 21, 2023.

FILIPINO activists accused President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s government today of carrying out a “witch-hunt” against rights defenders as they held rallies for the 51st anniversary of the imposition of martial law.

Hundreds of people marched in Manila calling for the release of victims of forced disappearances and the abolition of an anti-communist task force, set up by former president Rodrigo Duterte, that has been accused of targeting government critics.

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