Protesters in Manila denounce China’s ‘bullying’ in South China Sea

Protesters wave cardboard missiles and banners outside China's embassy in Manila as part of a protest against Beijing's tactics in the South China Sea

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 4:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 7:13pm

Some 100 Filipinos carrying mock missiles marched to the Chinese embassy in Manila on Thursday to protest against actions they call “bullying” in the South China Sea.

Carrying placards that read “Our Soil, Our Oil” and carton missiles stamped “From Philippines with Love,” the activists said that other protests were being held in front of Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide.

Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez says their rally “is just the start of something much bigger not only in the Philippines but worldwide in order to tell the world what is happening in our backyard – the bullying that’s being done by our big neighbour.”

China claims virtually the whole South China Sea. The Philippines has filed a complaint to an international tribunal alleging those claims are illegal.