Over 2,000 in Philippines Reportedly Protest Against Harsh Anti-Drug Campaign
REUTERS/ Romeo RanocoAsia & Pacific16:22 24.02.2018(updated 16:28 24.02.2018) Get short URL
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over 2,000 people, including Catholic priests, gathered on Saturday in the Philippine capital Manila to protest against government’s policies, in particular, killings during the so-called drug war launched by the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte, local media reported.
The event dubbed “Walk for Life” gathered priests, nuns and students criticizing government’s policies, including the legislation allowing divorces and re-imposing capital punishment in the country, the CNN Philippines reported.
The demonstrators were carrying banners and placards, saying “Stop the Killings,” “Protect&Defend the Sanctity of Life&Marriage,” as well as “End Impunity.”
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The large-scale anti-drug campaign, known as the “war on drugs,” was launched by Duterte in June 2016 following his election promises to end drug-related crimes in the country.
Since then, thousands of suspected drug users and dealers have been killed by Philippine National Police officers or unknown gunmen. The campaign has been sharply criticized by the international community and human rights groups.