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Death squads terrorizing working-class communities in the Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte's 'War on Drugs' is now almost a year old. His death squads have murdered almost 10,000 people.

Asia Pacific Current interviews Ellecer 'Budit' Carlos, spokeperson for In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND), on the normalization of extra judicial killings, the impunity of death squads, the vilification of human rights defenders, and the effects this has had on urban, working class communities in the Philippines.

Budit also comments on the reasons why Duterte still seems to be so popular despite these killings and his general anti workers policies, including the targeting of trade unionists.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia.

Image: Protest against the Philippine's War on Drugs at the Philippines Consulate General in New York City
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