The Philippines: Marcos Besieged

Even in the violence-prone Philippines, there had never been anything like it. First, as he emerged with his wife from Manila's Legislative Building, where he had just delivered his state of the nation address, President Ferdinand Marcos was greeted with a shower of bottles, sticks and placards. Four days later, a mob of 4,000 students stormed the Malacanang presidential palace, ramming a stolen fire truck through a gate. Four students were killed and hundreds were injured in the eight-hour fracas, the worst organized demonstration since the island nation of 38 million gained independence in 1946.

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