Norman Carnay of BAYAN-HK starting the program of the Anti-US Bases mass
action in HK
Ganika Diristiani of ATKI-HK expresses solidarity to her Filipino sisters
Dolores Balladares Pelaez of UNIFIL-HK closing the program of the mass
Migrant workers join intl campaign vs
US military presence in PH
April 15, 2012
Around 200 protesters, composed mainly of
Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers, staged today, April 15, a rally
in front of the United Centre Building, where the Philippine Consulate
General is situated, to condemn the planned re-entry of US military forces
into Philippine soil.
Led by the International League of Peoples’ Struggle Hong Kong and BAYAN-HK,
the said mass action was part of the internationally-coordinated action
against the re-installation of US military troops in the Philippines.
Norman Uy Carnay, coordinator for BAYAN-HK, opened the program by stating
the grave violation that the US military presence and exercise will have
on the national sovereignty of the Filipino people. US imperialism, he
stated, only aims to further strengthen its political, economic and
military influence and stronghold in Asia Pacific and to contain China and
For many years, he said, US military forces have only caused more harm
than good to the people in countries where their bases are present, i.e.
South Korea, Japan, the Philippines. He also scored the Philippine
government for continually rekindling the military ties with the US
government despite the victory of the Filipino people in closing down and
kicking the US military bases out the Philippines in 1991.
Ganika Diristiani, chairperson of Asosiasi Tenaga Kerja Indonesia di Hong
Kong (ATKI-HK), expressed solidarity with the Filipino migrant workers and
their families. In her speech, Ganika stated that Indonesia too is not
spared from the US military intervention. The Indonesian government, she
said, is allowing US military forces to come in to Indonesian grounds and
hold joint military exercises.
She highlighted the fact that even the 1965 massacre of many protesters
and activists in Indonesia was an attempt of the US and Indonesia
governments to wipe out the national liberation movement in the country.
Dolores Balladares Pelaez, chairperson of the United Filipinos in Hong
Kong, highlighted the active and steadfast involvement of Filipino migrant
workers in Hong Kong in the campaign against US military intervention in
Filipino migrant workers, she said, are aware of the many crimes that the
US military forces have committed against the Filipino women and people.
She said that the US military troops have only put the lives of people in
danger and that the Philippine government is a mere puppet to the US
government and allowing this to happen.
Other groups present in the action were the various members of the Asian
Migrants Coordinating Body like the Overseas Nepalese Workers Union, Far
East Overseas Nepalese Association and Thai Regional Alliance. Other
groups like the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants, the International
Migrants Alliance and the Anonymous A8 were also present.
Another protest action at the US Consulate General is scheduled noon
tomorrow, April 16.