APEC Summit 2015: Philippine Police Disperse Protesters Using Katy Perry Music

People gather in Manila to protest the APEC Summit. Photo c/o Twitter.

As the APEC summit 2015 drew to a close, thousands of people had flocked to Manila to protest against the summit “for imposing onerous economic policies that satisfy foreign big corporations’ demands for cheap labor and raw materials.” Since the protesters didn’t have a rally permit, the police tried to break up the protest – and they used Katy Perry music to do it.

The protesters included farmers who had come from hundreds of kilometers away to speak against the APEC summit’s free-trade agenda for the way it favored big corporations at the expense of the poor.

47-year-old rice farmer Nida Floresca spoke of the hardships faced by farmers like herself saying “Aquino should protect his people, globalisation has caused the prices of our goods to go down. We barely break even”.

When water cannons proved to not be enough to break up the protesters who were chanting “Junk APEC!”, the police looked for other ways to disperse the crowd. Their secret weapon turned out to be a creative one and they began playing pop star Katy Perry’s hit song Roar at top volume.

Aimed to distract the protesters and drown out the chants, making the protest futile, the Katy Perry song was followed up by various other hits such as Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream,” David Guetta’s “Sexy B—h,” and the Bee Gee’s “How Deep Is Your Love”.

Some of the police officers even added their own beat as they tapped their batons in time with the music.

Metro Manila police spokeswoman chief inspector Kimberly Gonzales said the aim of the music was to de-escalate the rising tensions and added that “Filipinos in general love music and it has a calming effect for everyone. This goes well with our maximum tolerance policy during protests.”

Despite the seemingly playful way of dispersing the crowds of protesters, Gonzales didn’t shrug off the reasons behind the protest against the APEC summit and said “We understand the seriousness of the issues. We don’t mean to insult people.”

Read also: Manila To Shut Down For 4 Days As Philippines Hosts APEC Summit.

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