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As someone quite accustomed to demo's and rallies in Canada, it's an odd thing to hear organizers tell those gathered (mostly women, and some elderly and children) to prepare to face police batons and shields. That this was accepted calmly and without any protest made more eerie still.

The National Women's Day of Protest (NWDOP) march on 28.10.07 made it less than twenty metres before it met with a police blockade. Luckily, despite halting the march to Mendiola (near the government palace gates), the colonel in command did not use force (nor do I think did he have the intention to as the police presence was not strong enough to hold back the rally).

The NWDOP began in 1983 when thousands of women marched in protest of the Marcos dictatorship, twenty-four years later they marched again to protest the Macapagal regime. They accuse the government of neglecting the poor and being the puppets of foreign interests---and of the resulting crackdown on activists and opposition voices (to the tune of almost 900 extra-judicial killings, and thousands upon thousands of missing, detained and displaced peoples).

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