Militants scuffle with cops during rally at Malaysian embassy
MANILA, Philippines – A scuffle broke out during a rally at the Malaysian Embassy Thursday as protesters tried to smear the embassy’s seal with red paint to symbolize the blood of Filipinos spilled in the Sabah conflict.
The protesters initially coated red paint on their hands and smeared it onto a streamer that read “PM Najib Razak, Pres NoyNoy Aquino, there’s blood in your hands.”
Rasti Delizo, Sanlakas spokesman, rushed to the Malaysian Embassy seal after placing a hand print on the streamer to stain the seal.
Policemen blocked Delizo and a fight ensued as the latter continued to push his way to reach the seal.
Restrained by police, he shouted at them: “The policemen of Malaysia and not the Filipino people.”
After the scuffle, the protesters went on with their rally, blasting the alleged overkill of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“We call on the Malaysian government to immediately listen to us otherwise we are warning Prime Minister Najib Razak, if you do not listen to us, if you do not stop your bloody war in Sabah now, then we will declare you Southeast Asia’s number one war criminal,” Delizo said.
“We will even file appropriate charges against you in the proper courts of law at the international level,” he said.
He also called on Aquino to step forward and make a firm stand on the Sabah issue by filing a diplomatic protest.
Malaysian security forces have allegedly committed human rights abuses during their sweeps of the villages in Lahad Datu, Sabah, while hunting down the supporters of the Sultanate of Sulu.