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MANILA, Philippines – Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan trooped to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Monday, June 11, to slam China’s reported thievery and harassment of Filipinos in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal).
Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters called on Filipinos to fight for independence, and demanded that China should leave Philippine territory.
It was the eve of the Philippines’ Independence Day on Tuesday, June 12.
The protest came after a GMA News report showed the Chinese Coast Guard taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag.