MANILA – Protesters rallied near the United States embassy in Manila on Thursday in solidarity with Palestine after Israel defense forces shot and killed dozens of demonstrators in Gaza this week.
At least 60 Palestinians died following Monday’s mass demonstrations along the Gaza Strip border with Israel while protesting the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Rights organizations and the international diplomatic community have expressed outrage at the violence.
In Manila, about 30 protesters burned mock Israel and US flags and held placards reading “US-Israel stop the war vs Palestinian people” and “No to US war on terror,” an epa-efe journalist reports.
They called the actions of the Israeli government unjust and support the Palestinians reclaiming land from Israel, the journalist observed, and protesters chanted “US imperialists, number one terrorists” as riot police stood watch.
The demonstration was organized by the Sandugo movement of Moro and indigenous peoples for self-determination.
“We, the national minorities of the Philippines, express our solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for right to self-determination. The Moro people, the indigenous peoples and the Palestinian people wage the same struggle against US imperialism and its so-called War on Terror,” said co-chairperson and Moro activist Jerome Succor Aba said in a statement.
The protesters were mostly Muslim, while the Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation with approximately 11 percent of its total population of around 10.7 million people adhering to Islam.