BAYAN-USA Mobilizes #FilipinosAgainstTrump and Joins Millions of People Protesting Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S. | BAYAN-USA:
For Immediate Release
January 23, 2017
Reference: Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN-USA Vice Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
BAYAN-USA Mobilizes #FilipinosAgainstTrump and Joins Millions of People Protesting Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S.
In the largest demonstrations the US
has seen in decades, BAYAN-USA led contingents of Filipinos and allies
in two days of actions in 10 regions of the country to denounce the
inauguration of U.S. imperialism’s new commander in chief, Donald J.
Speaking to hundreds of thousands of
demonstrators during the January 20 Inauguration protests and the
January 21 Women’s Marches, BAYAN-USA protesters rallied communities to
forge a unified resistance to the increased fascism, racism,
Islamophobia, sexism and homophobia promised under the new Trump regime.
Speakers also pushed for the building of the broad anti-imperialist
movement within the U.S. as the only way to ultimately defeat the
militarism and exploitation inherent to capitalism. At the same time,
speakers urged the crowds to support social and national liberation
struggles worldwide that are lighting the way toward a brighter
alternative society that values people and the planet over profit.
Specific calls made by BAYAN-USA included the defense of Filipino and
other immigrant communities from Trump’s threats of mass deportation, as
well as for the U.S. to withdraw its military from the Philippines and
stop using the Philippines as a pawn in its power play with China.
On the eve of Trump’s inauguration,
BAYAN-USA’s Secretary General Jessica Antonio also joined the protest
organized by BAYAN in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.
Antonio addressed the protesters, saying “Many people are afraid of
what will happen next, who Trump will put in his cabinet, what his
foreign policy will be. But US imperialism is US imperialism. And people
are overcoming their fear and linking arm in arm together to fight
against US imperialism in order to crush it, from all sides–including
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