LOOK: Activists to burn Trump effigy on day one of ASEAN Summit

Raisa Serafica
Created by the artist group Ugat Lahi, the effigy features Trump with 4 arms resembling the Nazi swastika, a symbol of authoritarian rule and hatred

TRUMP EFFIGY. Put together by artist group Ugat Lahi, the effigy features US President Donald Trump with four arms resembling the swastika symbol. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) unveiled a 13-foot effigy of US President Donald Trump that it plans to burn on the first day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings in Manila. 

Created by the artist group Ugat Lahi, the effigy features Trump with 4 arms resembling the Nazi swastika, a symbol of auhoritarian rule, hatred, and anti-Semitism. Trump has long had a following among white supremacist groups attracted to his nationalist rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues.  

“In his own country, Trump has been described as fascist and has been blamed for the rise of neo-Nazi groups,” Bayan said in a statement. 

A caricature of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can also be seen crouching behind Trump’s legs.


 

Trump and Duterte are expected to hold a bilateral meeting on Monday. 

This is just one of the many protest actions lined up throughout the ASEAN Summit. Groups are protesting Trump’s visit, the government’s alleged “extravagant spending” in hosting the summit, extrajudicial killings in the country, among other issues.

The government has allowed groups to stage protests during the ASEAN summit week, but protesters not allowed to go near Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, the main venue of the international summit. (READ: Small group of ASEAN summit protesters reach PICC gate)

Authorities have deployed at least 60,000 security personnel for the international meetings which would bring together heads of the 10 ASEAN member-countries and their allies including the US. The Crowd Disturbance Management (CDM), tasked to deal with the protest rallies, is part of the ASEAN security team. – Rappler.com 



Raisa Serafica

Raisa Serafica is the Unit Head of Civic Engagement of Rappler. As the head of MovePH, Raisa leads the on ground engagements of Rappler aimed at building a strong community of action in the Philippines. Through her current and previous roles at Rappler, she has worked with different government agencies, collaborated with non-governmental organizations, and trained individuals mostly on using digital technologies for social good.