SAMASA News | Anti-Marcos activists join 'Lean Run' in UP

Anti-Marcos activists join 'Lean Run' in UP

Anti-Marcos activists join 'Lean Run' in UP

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's not the usual run for these people who joined The Great Lean Run in UP Diliman.

The event itself honors  assassinated Lean Alejandro, a well-known student leader during martial law.

But more than that, it's actually their way of protesting the Supreme Court decision allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

There are different scenarios during the run that allow runners to relive the experience during Martial Law.

That includes policemen chasing the runners, grabbing of runners' "ribbons of rights," and the use of water cannons.

At the near end of the course, there's the tarpaulin of Malacanang's facade where runners are met with chants like "makibaka, wag matakot. [join our cause, don't be afraid]"

Before the run, the crowd gathered for an indignation rally.

Among those who joined were Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan..

Pangilinan was moved to tears as the group condemned the Supreme Court decision.

Meanwhile, the group BlockMarcos has called for non-violent disruptive actions on the day of the burial.

In case Marcos is to be transported by land, the group says they will block his funeral procession every step of the way up to the gates of the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Former Akbayan Party-list representative Barry Gutierrez insists the fight is not yet over – as some martial law victims and survivors have yet to file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court.

Since the Supreme Court decision came out, several anti-Marcos protests were held in Metro Manila.