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Filipinos protest new defence deal with US

In this edition: web users in the Philippines speak out against a new defense deal with the US; campaigning to stop acid attacks on women in Colombia; and stepping into the shoes of a professional stuntman.

FILIPINOS PROTEST NEW DEFENSE DEAL WITH USA

As we can see from these images that have been doing the rounds on social networks, thousands of protesters in the Philippines took to the streets of the capital, Manila, on Monday. The demonstration, which was organized via the web by opposition parties, was to protest a new defense agreement between the Philippines and the United States. The 10 year pact will give the US military more access to the island country and has been met with much hostility from the people of the Philippines.

Many have taken to the web questioning the necessity of this agreement with the United States, and wondering what their country really has to gain from an increased US military presence. Web users have been posting under the #ObamaOut hashtag, voicing their doubts and urging the government to reverse their decision at the earliest possible opportunity.

Critics of the pact are also suggesting the deal with the US is quite simply unconstitutional as in 1992 when US troops left the Philippines, the constitution was amended to bar foreign military bases, troops or facilities on its soil.

But not all web users are criticizing the pact with the Americans, some seem pretty happy. The people who posted these tweets for example say the defense cooperation agreement means the Philippines will be protected from the threat of China and its massive military for the next 10 years.

COLOMBIA: CAMPAIGN TO STOP ACID ATTACKS AGAINST WOMEN

Colombians are campaigning against the trend of horrific acid attacks in the country… the most recent assault was in the capital Bogota on March 27th, when 33 year old Natalia Ponce de León suffered severe burns after acid was thrown in her face.

Many have taken to the web, posting under the #NoMasAtaquesConAcido hashtag, voicing their outrage and demanding the government toughen legislation passed in 2013, calling for harsher penalties for acid attack offences, and better protection for victims.

The “Rostros sin Acido” group, formed by acid attack victims, has been campaigning in this vain for some years. They also run a blog in which they pose with a photo taken before their attack, urging the authorities to help victims rebuild their lives and to do more to bring the assailants to justice.

Although Colombia`s president Juan Manuel Santos posted to Twitter offering a reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible for these attacks on women, some are pointing that it doesn`t just affect women. The author of the “Quien se beneficia de tu hombria ?” blog reports that 49 % of these assaults are against men.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Brazilian footballer Neymar has started the #SomosTodosMacacos meaning “we are all monkeys” anti-racism campaign on social media, posting a photo to Instagram showing him and his son eating a banana. The stand against racist abuse comes after his Barcelona teammate Dani Alvès had a banana thrown at him during a match on Sunday. Web users have followed Neymar`s lead posting similar photos to social networks slamming the racism in Spanish stadiums and calling on the authorities to do more to tackle the problem. 

FAIL OF THE DAY

Posting a selfie with a wild animal can be dangerous… something Reddit user “supplenupple” found out the hard way. As we can see in this photo, he managed to take this squirrel selfie… all good … until the rodent saw red and jumped on the photographer… pretty amusing for onlookers, not so much for the selfie enthusiast, who did however escape unscathed. 

"PETIT TUBE" SHOWCASES YOUTUBE’S LEAST VIRAL VIDEOS

There`s a new website called “Petit Tube” which is showcasing YouTube`s least viral videos. It features all manner of unseen clips, the quality and content is hard to predict, there`s a host of adverts and many random videos like this one where an amateur weightlifter attempts 300 kilos.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This video was made by Canadian gymnast and stuntman Greg Roe; he used a tiny Go Pro camera, so he could take web users along for the ride as he trained and practiced… it`s pretty thrilling viewing indeed and available on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre

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