Ten bombs exploded almost simultaneously in banks, government and private office and a hotel in Manila on Friday (22 August) injuring three people.
GV Students with banner outside College of Arts and Sciences, Manila and CU Sign (3 shots)
GV Students being addressed and PAN TO Crowd chanting
GV Police by car ZOOM OUT To students
CU AND ZOOM OUT Of woman singing and playing guitar and PAN ACROSS Audience
G V National Housing Authority building
GV Security post
GV Bomb damaged window
GV Traffic operations centre building
GV INTERIOR Men working
GV Ali Mall building
GV INTERIOR Men working
GV Metrobank building PULL BACK TO LV
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Background: Ten bombs exploded almost simultaneously in banks, government and private office and a hotel in Manila on Friday (22 August) injuring three people. A previously unknown organisation called the April 6 Liberation Movement claimed responsibility.
SYNOPSIS: The bombings and a sit-in at the University of Manila were e sparked off by an announcement by President Ferdinand Marcos that martial law would remain in force in his country until 1984. The sit-in at the university's college of Arts and Sciences was peaceful, although students were urged to demonstrate against the extension of martial law.
Martial law was imposed in the Philippines in September, 1972, as a deterrent to crime. But its effectiveness now seems to have worn off. Some critics see martial law as a threat to civil liberties and a means by which President Marcos can continue in power. The movement which claimed responsibility for the latest bombings derived its name from the so-called noise barrage on April the 6th, 1978. Motorists sounded their car horns and people clanged iron sheets in support of imprisoned opposition leader, Benigno Aquino.
The bombs used in the latest attack were not powerful enough to cause heavy damage or injury. A Defence Ministry spokesman said the attacks seemed to be coordinated and aimed to harassing people and causing panic. The bombs exploded in two foreign and two domestic banks, three government officers, two private business buildings and one hotel.
The April 6 Group said this was only the beginning. It said it represented millions of nameless and faceless residents of Metro-Manila who were indignant and angry.