Friday 27 May 2022

Dutch embassy in Manilla closed

The Dutch embassy in Manilla has been closed for a week following unrest over the arrest of Philippine communist leader José Maria Sison in Utrecht earlier this week.

News agency AP reports that the Dutch foreign affairs ministry has told tourists to avoid the country.
Left-wing Filipinos have held demonstrations outside the embassy, saying the arrest is a plot to silence the opposition. Some 200 protesters were arrested on Wednesday.
Sison, founder of the New People’s Army, faces two charges of murder.
He has lived in the Netherlands since 1987. Refused refugee status, he has been allowed to remain because his life would be in danger if deported.

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