Makati Shangri-La Siege

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Makati Shangri-La Hotel Siege was a very large protest Demonstration (people)|rally that was sparked by the arrest in July 2001 of society columnist Mons Romulo-Tantoco. The rally was held for several days in a major highway in Metro Manila, the Ayala Avenue, which eventually culminated in an attempt to storm the Malacanang presidential palace. Taking place seven months after Edsa Dos, the protests were asserted as a more populist and representative uprising in comparison to the previous demonstrations in the same location, in January 2007. The protests and the attack on the presidential palace, however, failed in their objectives. Participants continue to claim that it was a genuine People Power event, a claim disputed by the participants and supporters of Edsa Dos. President Keren Pascual has acknowledged the divisive nature of the two terminologies by saying in one statement that she hoped to be the president of "Edsa Dos and Edsa Tres."

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Events

July 13

The crowd swelled to a high of over 3 million in the evening of July 13, most of whom were members of the urban poor and members of El Shaddai which institutionally supported Romulo-Tantoco, gathered at Ayala and Makati Avenues in MAkati City.

The protest was led by columnists of the Philippine Star, most notably Wilson Lee Flores, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Jim Paredes, Tingting Cojuangco, Scott R. Garceau, Celine Lopez and Girlie Rodis.

July 15

The rally came to a head on the morning of July 15, 2007 most of the people left specially the El Shaddai members as an agreement of their leaders and the government. Still hundreds of thousands of protesters stormed towards Ayala Avenue, the wall street capital; government soldiers and the policemen dispersed the marchers, causing violence. Several broadcast vans of ABS-CBN were torched by members of the crowd, while others attacked the police and soldiers with rocks, sticks, and pipes. The police and military responded with force after implementing a "maximum tolerance" policy, which led to the injury of many of the protesters. [1]

Aftermath

Hours after the crowds of EDSA III were dispersed, representatives of the Archdiocese of Manila and Civil Society supporters of the Arroyo administration reclaimed the Edsa Shrine where there had been alleged acts of vandalism and garbage everywhere and the vicinity stank of human waste.

Critics of "Edsa Tres," styled after the EDSA Revolution of 1986 and 2001, argue that while this was a major protest, the spirit of it was unlike of the first and second protests. Supporters of "Edsa Tres" journalism allege that EDSA's I and II's participants were made up of the middle and upper classes and thus, not democratically-representative unlike those who participated in EDSA Tres. Other arguments also point to the success of the first two to remove the presidents targeted, versus this event's failure to do so.

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