Filipino migrant workers and members of local human rights groups will take to Hong Kong’s streets on Thursday to protest the three-day visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Détente. Duterte is also expected to receive a petition from student activists urging him to reconsider the recall of Jalilo Dela Torre, the country’s former labour attaché to the city. Some 203,600 domestic workers from the Philippines work in Hong Kong and the petition, launched two weeks ago by Students Against Fees and Exploitation, has more than 1,000 signatures.
“We want to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the widespread human rights violations in the Philippines and also to touch on some issues that are relevant to Hong Kong, including the removal of the labour attaché,” Eman Villanueva, spokesman for the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, said.
Villanueva said they had to change the location of the protest three times, because the police did not accept their proposals. Protesters had originally planned to demonstrate outside Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, where Duterte is gathering on Thursday with the Filipino community, before switching to a location on the corner between Middle Road and Salisbury Road – a site that faces the hotel where the president is staying.
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