Philippine cops, vigilantes killed 1,800 people in the last 2 months
Police and vigilantes in the Philippines have killed 1,800 people in the last 7 weeks as part of the country's war on drugs.
There have been 1,067 vigilante killings and 712 suspects killed by police.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 23, 2016
These numbers cover the weeks since the inauguration of the nation's new president, Rodrigo Duterte. During his campaign, Duterte promised to rid the Philippines of drug dealers, and he has said that police should "shoot to kill" if suspects are part of organized crime or resist arrest.
“If they did not fight it out with police, they would be alive.” Top cop in Philippines on deaths of drug suspects: https://t.co/mCvYsDxd2m
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) August 23, 2016
The US State Department has called on Duterte's government to stop the killings, as have 2 UN human rights experts.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 23, 2016
Duterte responded by threatening to leave the UN, as well as criticizing the US and UN for failing to stop violence in Syria and police brutality in the US.
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