الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين للثورة الفلبينية

آخر تحديث:  الاثنين، 28 فبراير/ شباط، 2011، 16:36 GMT

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Twenty five years ago the man who had been president of the Philippines for more than 20 years was ousted in what became known as the People Power Revolution.

Ferdinand Marcos had ruled the Philippines with an iron grip, imposing martial law and tolerating little opposition.

But he was forced to step down amid escalating street protests - echoes of which are being felt across the Middle East and North Africa today.

For four days in February 1986, the Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue, one of Manila's main thoroughfares, was packed with tens of thousands of people.

Jose Dalisay was one of those people. He told the BBC that he was amazed by the sheer multitude of people who had gathered there.

"There was a whole sea of them - waves of them. We just wedged ourselves into that teaming mass of people. People were singing songs, they were happy. It didn't feel like a protest rally at all".

The crowds refused to leave until President Ferdinand Marcos had stepped down.

After just four days, he realized he no longer had control of the military, or his people, so he fled the country.

The protesters had won without a single life lost.

Twenty-five years on, this same street is back to being virtually gridlocked with traffic.

But the People Power revolution is still remembered and celebrated for returning the Philippines to democracy.

Mr Dalisay looks back on those four days with pride, but he acknowledges that the revolution didn't solve the country's problems.

High levels of poverty and corruption remain.

But many believe the revolution still ended a regime the people did not want and are better off without.

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prog

prog

.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

يمكن التشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، أو "ويندوز ميديا بلاير"

Ousted
مخلوع
Revolution
ثورة
Ruled with an iron grip
حكم بقبضة من حديد
Imposing
فرض
Martial law
أحكام عرفية
Opposition
معارضة
Escalating
تصاعد
Protests
احتجاجات
Multitude
العديد
Fled
فر
Gridlocked
اختناق مروري

words

words

.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

يمكن التشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، أو "ويندوز ميديا بلاير"

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