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China execution sparks protest

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 01:20

Dec. 8 - Protesters in the Philippines mourn the execution of a Filipino migrant worker in China for drug smuggling.

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Thursday's execution of a Filipino migrant worker in China brought protesters onto the streets of Manila. They were heading towards the presidential palace but were blocked by police. The protesters blame their own government for failing to save the 35-year-old man convicted of heroin smuggling. Repeated pleas for clemency by the Philippine government didn't work. The protesters could only pray for him. SOUNDBITE: Garry Martinez, chairman of Migrante International, saying (Filipino): "We are saddened because our appeal to China to lengthen one person's life went unanswered. But we are angrier at the Philippine government, who should be the one protecting and defending its citizens. But for the past year, we were left disappointed and we did not witness President Aquino answer our calls for protection." The Chinese foreign ministry said the rights of the executed man under Chinese law had been observed. The Philippines Foreign Affairs Department has offered its condolences to the family of the executed man but said it respected China's decision to go ahead. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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China execution sparks protest

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 01:20