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Protesters in Manila slam China's activities on disputed isles

IANS  |  Manila 

A group of protesters gathered at the in southern Manila's district on Friday to criticise Beijing's activities on disputed islands in the Sea.

A dozen people from the (Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas) group carried out a peaceful protest holding up placards and signs denouncing China's alleged installation of missiles on the Spratly islands, Efe news reported.

One man held a painted sign in the shape of a missile with the message "out of the Philippine waters" while other signs read "out of west Philippine sea" and "Defend our sovereignty".

A news release from criticised China for setting up cruise and surface-to-air missiles on "three of seven artificial islands that China has seized from the in the Spratly Islands".

The letter said that China's construction of artificial islands, known as reclamation, threatens the livelihood of Filipino fishermen and the of millions of people in the country.

The fishing grounds around the islands contribute at least 20 per cent of the total yearly fish catch, added.

The release also denounced China for not complying with the 2016 ruling of the in the Hague, which favoured the Philippines' claim over its part of the Sea.

The Sea dispute involves competing claims from the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 15:48 IST