Filipinos march in HK

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The comments angered a large chunk of the more than 120,000 Filipinos who live in Hong Kong, mostly as low-paid domestic workers. — PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG- MORE than 1,000 Filipinos marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a local magazine columnist who described the Philippines as a ‘nation of servants’ in a satirical article.

Chanting ‘No to racism. No to Discrimination’ and carrying banners with slogans such as ‘We are workers, not slaves’, the demonstrators marched through the city to challenge the recent article by writer Chip Tsao in HK Magazine.

Mr Tsao had raised hackles by writing that Manila’s claims to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea were ridiculous in the face of Beijing’s rival territorial claims.

‘As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter,’ he wrote.

The comments angered a large chunk of the more than 120,000 Filipinos who live in Hong Kong, mostly as low-paid domestic workers.

Mr Tsao’s column has also sparked huge resentment in the Philippines, which has banned him from entering, even after he insisted the column was meant as a satire and apologised.

But Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Ed Malaya said the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong has recommended that the ban be lifted after Mr Tsao apologised and ‘indicated interest to visit the country some day’. — AFP, AP

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