Thursday, December 13, 2012

People Power (Yellow) Revolution, the Philippines!

By Khmer Democrat, Phnom Penh
Expanding our Mind Series

Here’s an example for us Cambodians to follow that is a little bit closer to home, from our Filipino brothers and sisters. They have popularized the term “People Power” for the world and the world emulated them! As of 2010, the Filipinos democratically elected another Aquino to the presidency - POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!! PEOPLE POWER!!!!

The People Power Revolution (also known as the Edsa Revolution and the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of popular nonviolent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986, which marked the restoration of the country's democracy. It was the inspiration for subsequent non-violent demonstrations around the world including those that ended the communist dictatorships of Eastern Europe. It is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Revolution due to the presence of yellow ribbons during the arrival of Ninoy Aquino. These protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian, repressive regime of then president Ferdinand Marcos and made news headlines as "the revolution that surprised the world".

The protests, fueled by a resistance and opposition of years of corrupt governance by Marcos, occurred from February 22-25 in 1986, when Marcos fled Malacañang Palace to the United States and conceded to Corazon Aquino as President of the Philippines.


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