Philippines: Testy Words in Manila

Less than a month after a massive student attack on the Malacanang presidential palace (TIME, Feb. 16), another violent demonstration took place last week in Manila. This time the target was the U.S. embassy. When it was all over, both the embassy and U.S.-Philippine relations had been somewhat damaged, 78 people were under arrest and the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos seemed less secure than ever.

It all started with a massive but peaceful meeting at Plaza Miranda, where 40,000 students, peasants and workers were trying unsuccessfully to organize a united front for future political action. Egged on by...

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