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PHOTOS: Thousands join national day of protest

Thousands joined the national day of protest Sept. 21 to mark the 45th year since the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law.

They also called for an end to what they say are signals of the return of a dictatorship under the current Rodrigo Duterte administration

Some 30,000 protesters gathered in Luneta in Manila, while a separate rally at the Commission on Human Rights premises in Quezon City also drew crowds, including former President Benigno Aquino III.

Here are some photos. — Maria Feona Imperial and Arianne Christian Tapao in Manila; Mario Ignacio IV in Quezon City