Philippine social movements storm US Embassy

Manila, Philippines – A thousand protesters marched to the United States Embassy today to denounce the formal opening of the G-20 summit called by US President George W. Bush in Washington D.C to supposedly resolve the ongoing global financial crisis. The big demonstration, which is part of the Global Day of Action against the G-20 Summit, branded the gathering as an “elite jamboree” that has the sole objective of “resurrecting a dead and flawed development paradigm.”

In a statement, the protesting groups led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Focus on the Global South, Jubilee South and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) said while they support moves for different nations to come together in order to develop sustainable and viable solutions to the crisis, they believe the process to come up with the necessary solutions should not only be more open and participatory but more importantly, will not be used as a venue to “resurrect the dead.”

The groups that also include AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party), Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD), Youth For Nationalism and Democracy (YND), Makabayan, Kilusang Mangingisda (KM), Alab-Katipunan (AK) and Youth Against Debt (YAD) underscored the culpability of the Bush administration in the global economic meltdown.

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