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Textile Workers Picket U.S. Embassy

October 4, 1985

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ About 60 garment workers demonstrated for more than two hours Friday at the U.S. Embassy to protest a bill in Congress aimed at reducing U.S. textile imports.

″You Americans keep lending us money but now you’re preventing us from earning the money with which to pay you back,″ Aida Alday, a leader of the garment workers, said in a speech.

Protesters carried signs denouncing Rep. Ed Jenkins, a Georgia Democrat who is a sponsor of the bill, and asking President Reagan to veto it.

A dozen riot police watched but took no action.

The protesters said more than half the nation’s 114,000 textile and garment workers would lose their jobs if the bill became law.

The Philippines exported more than $19 million worth of textiles and garments in the first half of 1985, mostly to the United States.

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