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2009年8月4日

★21年目の8月8日~ビルマ民主化デモ行進のお知らせ

~8月8日はビルマの日!アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクを持って、デモ行進に参加を!~

(c)Yamamoto Munesuke

アジア・太平洋地域の民主化支援団体の連合体であるビルマ・パートナーシップは、ビルマの民主化運動の象徴的な日である8月8日に、『アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクを手に、ビルマ民主化への支援をアピールしよう!』というグローバル・アクションを呼びかけています。

東京では、ビルマの皆さんがデモ行進を行います。
<<—-8月8日(土)14時~@東京・五反田南公園>>

▼アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクはこちらからダウンロードできます。

*このマスクはビルマの民主化を長年応援しているロックバンドのU2が作成したもので、現在行われているヨーロッパツアーでアウンサンスーチーさんに捧げた曲”Walk On”演奏の際にも使われています。

→U2はウェブサイトでマスクをつけてビルマの民主化を応援しようと呼びかけています。(映像あり)

→アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクを持った世界各国からの“民主化サポート写真“はこちらからご覧いただけます。

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8月8日はビルマの民主化運動にとって、最も大切な一日です。

今 から21年前の8月8日、ビルマの民主化要求運動は首都ヤンゴンのほかビルマ全国各地で最大規模の盛り上がりを見せました。しかしながら、9月、軍はクー デターと無差別発砲により3,000人以上の市民を殺害。今日もなお、国民が心から願う「民主化」は実現していません。

今この瞬間も、民主化を求め立ち上がった僧侶、活動家、サイクロン被災者の支援を行った人気コメディアンなど、計2,100人以上が政治囚として刑務所に収容されており、多くは激しい拷問を受けています。

また、過去15年間で少数民族が多く住むビルマ東部では3,300以上の村々がビルマ軍により破壊されました。
その結果、100万以上の人々が国内避難民となり、約15万人がタイ・ビルマ国境の難民キャンプでの生活を強いられています。今年の5~6月にはビルマ軍はさらにビルマ東部カレン民族への攻撃を強め、新たに4,000人以上の人々が家を失いました。現在もその状況は悪化するばかりです。

国際社会はこうしたビルマの状況を黙って見ていて良いのでしょうか。今すぐアウンサンスーチーさんを含む全ての政治囚が釈放され、民主化勢力と少数民族代表者ら全ての関係者を含めた対話の実現が何よりも必要です。

1988年からの21年間、ビルマの民主化運動に命を捧げた多くの人々、現在も国内で闘い続ける人々を称え、また強くビルマの民主化を求めて、東京では、在日ビルマ人の皆さんが例年通り、デモ行進を行います。

ぜひ皆さんもアウンサンスーチーさんのマスクを持って、デモに参加してください!

私たちが、ビルマの民主化を応援していること。
アウンサンスーチーさんを応援していること。
日本政府は軍政を支援するのではなく、ビルマの人々の側に立ち、人々が本当に望んでいる『民主化』の促進を支援するべきだということを・・・。

私たちの声はきっとビルマにも届きます。
8月8日、アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクを手に、一緒に声をあげましょう!

(在日ビルマ人の皆さんも、もちろんスーチーさんのマスクを準備中です!)

ビルマ市民フォーラム
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21年目の8月8日
8888ビルマ民主化運動記念デモ行進のお知らせ
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「ビルマの民主化のために、私たちとともに手を携えて、デモ行進をしましょう」
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■日 時:2009年8月8日(土)
■集合場所: 五反田南公園(JR五反田駅から徒歩3分)
■スケジュール: 午後2時    集合
午後2時15分~ 集会(スピーチなど)
午後3時    デモ行進スタート

■行 程:五反田南公園から在日ビルマ大使館前を通り品川駅近辺まで(40分~60分程)

■主 催:在日ビルマ人共同実行委員会(JAC)ほか在日ビルマ民主化活動家のみなさん
■詳細問合: 090-4964-9718(日本語可)

ビルマにおける軍事独裁主義を打倒するために、民主主義のために、学生や僧侶、国民全員が参加した「8888ビルマ民主化運動」が2009年8月8日、21周年目を迎えます。
私たち学生や僧侶、国民全体が闘争に加わり1988年8月8日に起きた8888民主化運動では、ビルマ社会主義計画党の軍事独裁者らによる虐殺行為にもかかわらず、私たちは一党独裁制を打倒しました。
しかしながら国民全員が待ち望んでいる真の民主主義はまだ実現しておりません。8888民主化運動のなかで命を落とされた勇敢な人々、運動の代価となった数々の負傷や流血、軍靴の下からの解放、国民の願い・・・これらのための闘争はまだ終わっていません。
私たちの闘争を支援してくれた、支援してくれている、各国際機関・団体や個々人の皆さんに改めてここに感謝の意を表するものです。今後ともビルマの民主主義獲得のために、皆さんが輪になって支援してくださいますよう、お願い申し上げます。

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★デモ行進への参加でなくとも、みなさんの参加可能な形でこの大切な一日を通じてビルマ民主化への応援、グリーバル・アクションへの参加を、ぜひお願いします!

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▼アウンサンスーチーさんのマスクと写真を撮ってビルマ市民フォーラムに送る—————————————————-
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アウンサンスーチーさんやビルマ民主化への応援メッセージを一言添えてくれたら嬉しいです♪
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August 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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World focus on Burma (4 August 2009)

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Atomic agency urged to examine Burma nuclear claims

The Age – Anne Davies – ‎

”The report is probably enough cause for the IAEA director-general [and Russia] to seek clarification from Myanmar [Burma] and request a special inspection …

Thai-Myanmar gas project to start commercial production in 2013

Thai News Agency MCOT – ‎

BANGKOK, Aug 3 (TNA) – Thailand and Myanmar will start commercial gas production from offshore Block M9 natural gas project on the Gulf of Martaban, …

Koirala seeks Suu Kyi’s release

Press Trust of India –

Kathmandu, Aug 4 (PTI) Voicing concern over the deteriorating health of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former Nepalese Premier Girija …

Thailand to import gas from Myanmar’s M9 late 2013

Reuters – Khettiya JittapongAlan Raybould – ‎‎

BANGKOK, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Thailand plans to import natural gas from offshore Block M9 in the Gulf of Martaban in Myanmar in late 2013, Energy Minister …

US Voices Concern over Burma, N Korea Nuclear Nexus

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lalit K Jha – ‎

WASHINGTON — The United States expressed concern on Monday over news reports that North Korea may be helping the Burmese military regime to …

Total Chief: Critics Can ‘Go to Hell’

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

… Unocal (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron), Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise and Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Co. …

Thailand makes plans for M9 gas

Upstream Online – Anthea Pitt – ‎‎

Thailand plans to import natural gas from Block M9, in the Gulf of Martaban off Burma, in late 2013, Energy Minister Wannarat Charnnukul said today. …

Aung San Suu Kyi says trial is test of Burma’s legal and political …

guardian.co.uk – ‎‎

The NLD won a crushing victory in a general election in 1990, a vote which was then ignored by the military, which has ruled Burma since 1962.

Suu Kyi Questions Burma’s Judiciary, Constitution

The Irrawaddy News Magazine — ‎

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said at her recent trial that the charges against her bring into question Burma’s judiciary and …

Suu Kyi says her trial tests Myanmar legal system

San Jose Mercury News – ‎‎

AP YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the court trying her that her trial on charges she violated her house arrest is a test …

Suu Kyi says trial verdict a test of Myanmar’s justice system

GulfNews – ‎‎

Yangon: Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing a possible five years in prison, said next week’s verdict in her trial will constitute a …

‘Wall of secrecy’ over torture: Report

TODAYonline – ‎‎

AFP A Myanmar demonstrator rises his fist next to a poster showing a portrait of NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A verdict in the trial of Myanmar …

Ready for this? Nukes in Burma report

Atlantic Online – ‎

He says Myanmar; I say Burma, as explained here: “Unfortunately, I do believe that the story should not be dismissed. What is most concerning to me is the …

The Queensland Art Gallery Announces 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of …

Art Daily – ‎‎

… which will include for the first time contemporary artists from North Korea, Iran, Turkey, Tibet, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). …

US man in Suu Kyi case hospitalised in Myanmar

AFP – ‎

YANGON — The American man on trial in Myanmar for swimming to the lakeside home of Aung San Suu Kyi was hospitalised overnight after having convulsions in …

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Release Suu Kyi: Koirala

Kantipur Online – ‎‎

KATHMANDU, Aug 4 – Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala on Monday urged the Myanmar government to release Aung San Suu Kyi and respect the

Myanmar fascinates with its play of light and shadow

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎

Yangon – Gazing down upon the visitors to the temple complex at Bagan in Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a very mysterious Buddha figure. …

US repeats concerns over N. Korea-Myanmar military cooperation

Yonhap News – Hwang Doo-hyong – ‎‎

Crowley was responding to reports that Myanmar has an underground nuclear facility built with the help of North Korea. Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. …

Big Odd Myanmar Box

ArmsControlWonk.com – ‎‎

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been emailing with a couple of colleagues about this very odd building in Myanmar Burma). …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 4, 2009 at 5:33 am

World focus on Burma (3 August 2009)

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Viewpoint : Two towers / Juan Mercado

Inquirer.net – Juan Mercado – ‎

Corazon Aquino was one, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma is the other. President Aquino toppled Marcos’ dictatorship through bloodless “People Power. …

Football clubs can import cars worth USD 70000

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

by May Kyaw Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Private football clubs will be allowed to import cars worth USD 70000 by the Burma Football Federation. …

Court verdict will test constitution, judiciary: Suu Kyi

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

The Burmese pro-democracy leader said the verdict on her trial and her two live-in party mates and the uninvited American visitor, will test Burma’s …

‘Loud Tribute’

U2 France – ‎‎

Ben Zawacki, Amnesty International’s Burma specialist, was in Dublin last week to hear Bono announce that Aung San Suu Kyi had been made Amnesty …

Deep Joshi among 6 chosen for Magsaysay Award

domain-B – ‎‎

Indian social activist Deep Joshi who did pioneering work for “development of rural communities”, is among six Asian achievers chosen for the prestigious …

RP environmental lawyer among Magsaysay awardees

Philippine Star – ‎

The other awardees are Krisana Kraisintu from Thailand, Deep Joshi from India, Yu Xiaogang and Ma Jun from China, and Ka Hsaw Wa from Burma, the Board of …


Myanmar Wants Nuclear Weapons, Defectors Say

Global Security Newswire – ‎‎

Burma can barely get electricity up and running. It’s a nonsense.” Tin Min said his powerful boss once spoke with him candidly about Myanmar’s nuclear …

Myanmar junta warns against demonstrations

United Press International – ‎‎

The on-again, off-again trial in Yangon, formerly Rangoon and the former capital of what was called Burma, began May 18. A verdict was expected on Friday …

Report: Defectors Allege Burma Seeking to Build Nuclear Weapons …

Voice of America – Daniel Schearf – ‎‎

Researchers in Thailand say two defectors from Burma say the military government has a secret nuclear program that aims to build nuclear …

Ramon Magsaysay Award for EarthRights International’s Ka Hsaw Wa

Earthrights.org – ‎‎

Ka Hsaw Wa, an ethnic Karen from Burma is being recognized for “his dauntlessly pursuing non violent yet effective channels of redress, exposure, …

Burma’s suffering is also ours

The Age – Desmond Tutu – ‎‎

The world can and must hold the country’s leader and his regime accountable for atrocities against the Burmese. I THINK of my sister Nobel laureate Aung San …

Six Asian achievers to receive Ramon Magsaysay Award for year 2009

Manila Bulletin – ‎‎

The Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Monday announced that six individuals from Burma, China, India, the Philippines, and Thailand …

Indian activist Deep Joshi chosen for Ramon Magsaysay Award

Press Trust of India – ‎‎

Kuala Lumpur/New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Prominent Indian social activist Deep Joshi, who has done pioneering work for “development of rural communities”, …

Suu Kyi Questions Burma’s Judiciary, Constitution

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎‎

Suu Kyi reportedly said at the trial on July 24 that unless Burmese courts did something about her current period of detention, the current charge against …

Nuclear Fallout

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Simon Roughneen – ‎‎

Although Burma signed an energy agreement with its Southeast Asian neighbors last week—and despite a stern warning from US Secretary of …

Karen Activist Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎‎

An ethnic Karen human rights activist from Burma has won the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for “dauntlessly pursuing non-violent yet effective …

Myanmar activist, Filipino environmentalist win Magsaysay Awards

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎‎

Manila – A Myanmar activist and a Filipino environmentalist were among the six recipients of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia’s equivalent to the …

Indian activist Deep Joshi chosen for Ramon Magsaysay Award

SamayLive – ‎‎

Kuala Lumpur/New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Prominent Indiansocial activist Deep Joshi, who has done pioneering work for”development of rural communities”, …

Singapore Foreign Minister Challenged Over Burma Remarks

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎‎

Remarks on Burma by Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo have raised eyebrows in Burmese exile circles. In an interview with Singapore’s …

Burma obtains North Korean help with suspicious nuclear programme

Telegraph.co.uk – Thomas Bell – ‎‎

North Korea is helping the military regime in Burma construct a sophisticated nuclear facility, according to two high level defectors interviewed by …

Junta fails to respond to global financial crisis

Mizzima.com – Moe Thu – ‎‎

Unlike regional neighbours such as Thailand and Malaysia, which have been making significant economic progress over a few decades, Burma is falling behind …

Cargo Ship Fire Claims Three Dead

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Sann – ‎‎

Seven people were seriously injured in the accident, which occurred while the vessel was loading fuel, according to an official at the Myanmar [Burma] Port …

Sentence Suspense in Burma

ISN – Simon Roughneen – ‎‎

Even the normally reticent heads of state in ASEAN – the Southeast Asian regional bloc which includes Burma as a member-state – have chimed in, …

Is Myanmar acquiring nuclear weapons?

Rediff – ‎

An unidentified official of the State Department was quoted by the media as saying: “We expect the government of Burma to live up to its obligations and to …

Burma Must Make Clear its Nuclear Ambitions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Aung Zaw – ‎

Reports of Burma’s shady nuclear ambitions have resurfaced to take their place alongside warnings by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of …

Pipeline strengthens Sino-Burmese ties

Petroleum Economist – ‎‎

A decision to push ahead with gas and oil pipelines connecting Myanmar to China indicates a continued tightening of economic ties between the two countries. …

Magsaysay Awards, Asian version of Nobels, announced

Times of India – ‎‎

AP 3 August 2009, 02:31pm IST MANILA: An activist from military-ruled Myanmar who has documented human rights and environmental abuses, and a Thai scientist …

Exclusive: Obama Ignores Asian Arms Race to America’s Peril

Family Security Matters – William R. Hawkins – ‎‎

China has also established a military base in the Coco Islands, leased from the military junta in Myanmar (Burma), and the People’s Liberation Army operates …

Myanmar refugees’ journey brings them to Aztec

Farmington Daily Times – Jeff Golden – ‎‎

The British colonized Myanmar, formerly Burma, in the late 1800s. For years, larger ethnic groups such as the Burmans had oppressed the Karen and other …

Myanmar activist awarded Asia’s Nobel prize

Reuters – Raju GopalakrishnanRosemarie Francisco – ‎‎

MANILA (Reuters) – An activist from Myanmar who was tortured by the military as a student and now runs an NGO probing infrastructure projects is among this …

Myanmar Building N-Reactor With N.Korean Help: Report

RTT News – ‎‎

… pariah state Myanmar. It also came just weeks after a North Korean freighter, the Nam Kam 1, that was being shadowed by US warships on its way to Burma …



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August 4, 2009 at 5:28 am

Huge crowds honor Aquino cortege in Manila

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Huge crowds honor Aquino cortege in Manila

By JIM GOMEZ (AP) –

MANILA, Philippines — Huge crowds reminiscent of the 1986 “people power” demonstration took to Manila’s streets Monday to honor the passing of former President Corazon Aquino, who captured the hearts of Filipinos by ousting a brutal dictator and keeping democracy alive in the Philippines.

Tens of thousands of supporters gather at the funeral motorcade for the former Philippine President Corazon Aquino as it inches its way along Manila’s financial district of Makati city on the way to the Manila Cathedral Monday Aug. 3, 2009 in Manila, Philippines. Masses of mourners yelled her name as former President Corazon Aquino’s body was escorted Monday through streets in Manila and along a historic avenue that 23 years ago became the site of a “people power” revolt against a dictator. (AP Photo)

The flag-draped coffin of Aquino, who died Saturday after a yearlong battle with colon cancer, was paraded atop a flatbed truck along the streets where the hundreds of thousands of protesters she inspired had faced down army tanks 23 years ago and toppled Ferdinand Marcos.

Tens of thousands of mourners left their offices, schools and homes and converged on streets and overpasses, clutching yellow balloons, waving yellow ribbons and showering yellow confetti from high-rises on to Aquino’s casket. Yellow was her signature color and the symbol of the nonviolent mass movement that ushered in an era of democracy after 20 years of authoritarian rule.

Filipino supporters wave as they watch for flag-draped casket of the late former Philippines President Corazon Aquino pass by in suburban Manila, Philippines on Monday Aug. 3, 2009. Masses of mourners yelled Cory’s name as her body was escorted through streets to Manila Cathedral, along a historic avenue that 23 years ago became the site of a “people power” revolt against a dictator led by the woman in a yellow dress. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Manila’s notorious traffic came to a standstill as the cortege inched on its five-hour procession through the city, including Ayala Avenue, where Aquino led many pro-democracy marches. Motorists rolled down windows and put out their hands to flash Aquino’s trademark “L” sign for “laban,” or “fight” in Filipino, the key slogan of the anti-Marcos campaign.

“I really just appreciate the love,” said daughter Kris Aquino of Monday’s gathering. “Everybody’s saying thank you to us for sharing my mom.”

At a time when some fear for the future of Philippine democracy, or at least are skeptical about the intentions of its politicians, Monday’s gathering transcended class and wealth, underscoring the groundswell of public feeling that propelled the “people power” uprising of 1986.

Police officers carry the casket of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino as it arrives at the Manila Cathedral, in the Philippines on Monday Aug. 3, 2009. Masses of mourners chanted Aquino’s name as her body was escorted through the Philippine capital’s rain-soaked streets Monday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Nuns, priests, students, wealthy residents and their uniformed maids all jostled for space on the crowded sidewalks and people repeatedly chanted her name. Company employees watched from the windows of towering office blocks. Women, some dressed in black, wept. A man on a bicycle released four doves.

“Thank You Corazon Aquino” and “You’re Not Alone” — another Aquino slogan — was emblazoned from huge banners. Even the Philippine Stock Exchange’s streetside neon screen eschewed the usual ticker of stock prices and flashed Aquino’s portrait and a message: “Goodbye Cory.”

The funeral convoy briefly stopped at a monument to Aquino’s husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. — whose 1983 assassination upon his return from U.S. exile to challenge Marcos would propel Corazon Aquino to the forefront of the anti-Marcos opposition movement.

Confetti is thrown as soldier pallbearers carry the flag-draped casket of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino for a funeral motorcade to the Manila Cathedral Monday Aug. 3, 2009, in Manila, Philippines. Masses of mourners yelled her name as Aquino’s body was escorted Monday through streets in Manila and along a historic avenue that 23 years ago became the site of a “people power” revolt against a dictator. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The dictator, a stalwart U.S. ally, finally fell after claiming victory over Aquino in a 1986 election widely seen as fraudulent. A group of military officers rebelled against him, triggering the three days of protests by hundreds of thousands that finally toppled Marcos.

Ever since, political mass movements in the Philippines are invariably likened or compared to that watershed in the history of the former American colony.

Businesswoman Bing Cuchatin, who wore a yellow blouse and hair ribbon, said the memory of Aquino will continue to be a potent weapon against any threats to democracy.

Students, one of them wearing a jacket decorated with a Philippine flag, pay respects to late former President Corazon Aquino at De La Salle University in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. Mourners wept as they paid their respects at the wake of former President Corazon Aquino on Sunday, with some pledging to carry on her legacy by protecting the democracy she helped install 23 years ago. (AP Photo/Erik De Castro, Pool)

“There is only one Cory and she’s really a big, big loss,” Cuchatin said. “But there are so many now who stand for her ideals.”

However, after she took office in 1986 following Marcos’ ouster, Aquino struggled to meet high public expectations. Her land redistribution program fell short of ending economic domination by the landed elite. Her leadership, especially in social and economic reform, was often indecisive, leaving many of her closest allies disillusioned by the end of her term.

Still, the bespectacled, smiling woman remained beloved in the Philippines, where she was affectionately referred to as “Tita (Auntie) Cory.”

She stepped down in 1992 after serving for six years.

Since her death on Saturday, the casket had been open for public viewing at a school stadium. It was finally driven Monday to Manila Cathedral, where her children, former Cabinet members and fellow pro-democracy activists gathered for a Mass.

Her body will lie in state for public viewing until Wednesday’s private funeral. She will be buried beside her husband.

In a rare conciliatory gesture, Aquino’s youngest daughter Kris said her mother had forgiven all her political enemies, including Marcos.

Nevertheless, Kris Aquino said her family refused current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s offer of a state funeral because the government had attempted to recall two soldiers assigned to guard her mother when she was still alive. Former Philippine presidents traditionally have the right to retain at least two guards.

Aquino’s only son, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, said the family would not be too enthusiastic to see Arroyo at the funeral but she could pay her respects.

Months before she was diagnosed with cancer, Aquino joined street protests organized amid opposition fears that Arroyo could amend the country’s 1987 constitution to lift term limits or impose martial law to stay in power when her term ends next year. Arroyo has said she has no desire to extend her term.

Associated Press writer Hrvoje Hranjski and photographer Bullit Marquez contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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August 4, 2009 at 5:03 am