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REMINDER TO THE YOUTH. Demonstrators remember the First Quarter Storm on historic Mendiola Bridge in Manila with a reminder to the youth: Serve the people. Thirty eight years ago today, on January 26, 1970, student activists stormed the old Congress building in Manila, where then President Ferdinand Marcos was delivering his State of the Nation Address. It sparked a series of mass actions against the Marcos regime that has come to be known as the First Quarter Storm or FQS. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/REM ZAMORA




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First Quarter Storm commemorated

By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:49:00 01/26/2008

Filed Under: Politics, history

MANILA, Philippines -- Some 40 members of the activist group First Quarter Storm Movement managed to set foot on the historic Chino Roces (Mendiola) Bridge in Manila Saturday morning.

The demonstrators were allowed by anti-riot policemen to hold a brief program in the area -- considered a no-rally zone on weekdays -- after they were able to show a permit issued by the city government.

The FQS Movement is the umbrella organization of the activists of the1960s and 1970s who have banded together "to keep alive the spirit of FQS of 1970."

According to the group, the FQS was considered a baptism of fire for the generation of militants that set off to join the Filipino people in the war against the repressive Marcos regime.

However, some 300 other protesters -- members of various militant groups -- were not
as lucky as the FQS Movement.

The group gathered at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo around 10:30 a.m. and tried to march toward Mendiola. They were blocked, however, by anti-riot police at the corner of Recto and Morayta Streets after they failed to show any written permit from City Hall.

The demonstrators, who were protesting against the World Economic Forum being held in Davos Switzerland, voluntarily dispersed around 1 p.m.



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