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Saipan Pinoys to join global rally vs China on July 24

“Stop China’s invasion of the Philippines!” is both the plea and the demand that Filipinos will be making simultaneously in front of China’s embassies and consulates all over the world from Washington, D.C. to Makati on Wednesday July 24, at 12pm.

The call for the global mass action was initiated by the US Pinoys for Good Governance in response to last year’s Chinese military occupation of the Philippines’ Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) off Zambales and its imminent threat this year to invade Ayungin Reef, part of the Kalayaan municipality of Palawan, a threat which began on May 8 when three Chinese warships appeared off Ayungin which is defended by a contingent of Philippine marines.

China has denounced the Philippines for its “illegal occupation” of what they call “Rena’i Reef” which is only 105 miles from Palawan and 600 miles from China. Ayungin is considered the “gateway” to the oil-rich Recto Bank, which is just 85 miles from Palawan.

On Saipan, the rally will be on July 24 at the Minatchom Atdao Pavilion in Susupe, across the Ada Gymnasium, from 11am to 1pm. There is no Chinese Consulate on Saipan.

The largest of the rallies is expected to take place in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati on July 24 where more than 5,000 people are expected.

The New York July 24 rally will be held in front of the United Nations at Dag Hammersjold Plaza at First Avenue and 43rd Street. A coalition of Filipino community groups led by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations and the Filipino American Legal Defense Fund will join members of the Vietnamese American Community of New York in protesting China’s imperialism in Southeast Asia.

At a New York planning meeting hosted by Loida Nicolas-Lewis on July 2, 50 Filipino leaders from the Northeast promised to mobilize their communities to attend the UN rally on July 24.

Rallies are also planned at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC and at Chinese consulates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Saipan. Protest actions are also planned in front of Chinese government offices in Denver and Atlanta.

In Rome, Merilla Murillo reported that a meeting on July 11 attended by almost 50 Filipinos was held to plan the protest rally in front of the local Chinese Embassy on July 24.

Similar actions are planned in London, Sydney and Copenhagen. Even in China-dominated Cambodia, a group of Filipinos plan to protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Pnom Penh on July 24.

For more information on the global protest on July 24, log on to uspgg.org. (USP4GG)

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