More than 100 protestors demonstrated in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila yesterday, demanding an end to China’s island building and aggressive actions in the disputed South China Sea.
The protestors from the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan nationalist group waved red flags, chanted “China out now!” and held signs proclaiming: “South China Sea does not belong to China” and “Asians Unite Save PH Sea.”
According to The Associated Press, protester leader Renato Reyes Jr. asserted that while the Philippines is no match for China militarily, it can employ other means of persuasion, like rallies and boycotts of Chinese products.
The protestors were also incensed by China’s history of seizing other disputed land claimed by the Philippines, like the rich fishing area around the Scarborough Shoal, seized by China in 2012 and protected now against Filipino fishing boats by water cannons.
While Chinese netizens on NetEase were impressed that the Filipino protestors had taken the time and effort to include written Chinese on their protest signs, even if their grammar needs a little work, commenters simply couldn’t see the logic in the South CHINA Sea not being part of CHINA. Come on guys, the name is right there!
The demonstration comes just days after Philippine President Benigo Aquino III compared China to Nazi Germany (again) in a speech delivered in Japan, saying that China’s recent territorial claims remind him of “how Germany was testing the waters and response of various other European powers”
China responded on Wednesday that it was “shocked” by the “absurd and unreasonable” comparison. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying continued to say: “We once again seriously warn certain people in the Philippines to cast aside their illusions, stop provocations and instigation, and return to the correct path, of using bilateral channels to talk and resolve this dispute,”.
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]