Slideshow: Lightning Rally Vs Arroyo in LA

LOS ANGELES, California — On early Saturday morning, Filipino Americans launched a lightning rally to greet Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her mini-junket at the Sheraton Gateway near Los Angeles International Airport. The lightning rally was one of many demonstrations across the Philippines and around the world in recent days to protest the passage of the House Resolution 1109 to convene a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), considered the latest move of the US-Arroyo regime to change the Philippine Charter (Cha Cha) and further undermine democracy in the Philippines

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA & Gabriela-USA’s member organizations began the lightning rally, marching to a rendition of Bayan Ko. Carrying “NO to Con-Ass” and “NO to Cha-Cha” signs, AnakBayan LA, Habi Arts & Sisters of Gabriela Awaken (SiGAw) members expressed their anger at the U.S.-Arroyo regime’s desperate Con-Ass maneuver to hold on to power.

Fil-Ams were also demanding justice for fellow Habi Arts member, Melissa Roxas, a U.S. Citizen who was abducted and tortured by armed men last May while doing community health work in the Philippines. A street theater piece highlighting the on-going human rights violations was dedicated to Roxas, Jonas Burgos, Karen Empeno, Sherlyn Cadapan, James Balao, Juanito Carabeo, John Edward Jandoc and all other victims of the U.S.-Arroyo regime.

With a thunderous outcry denouncing Arroyo, the protestors drowned out the cheers of U.S.-Arroyo supporters as Arroyo was escorted back to LAX. The morning rally was concluded with an “Arroyo, You’re A Jerk” hip hop dance circle led by AnakBayan Los Angeles.

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