Protesters: Take Down APEC Welcoming Sign At UH

UH Says It Paid For Two APEC Signs On Campus

 UPDATED 8:29 PM HST Oct 26, 2011
HONOLULU -

About 35 demonstrators marched through the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus Wednesday afternoon to protest the two signs welcoming APEC to the campus.

The protesters chanted as they marched down McCarthy Mall from Hamilton Library and made their way to Bachman Hall, home to the administrative offices.

The protesters included UH faculty, staff and students who waved signs, pounded tambourines and chanted through megaphones.

Outside Bachman Hall, demonstrators chanted, "Take down the sign"

Protesters then made their way to a banner posted on the lawn fronting Bachman Hall, where one woman used masking tape to deface the sign.

The protesters said the university unilaterally decided to post the welcoming signs without considering the views of faculty, staff and students.

The protesters said they would have liked to see the university seek the public?s input before the institution threw its support behind APEC with the welcoming signs.

UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said the university welcomes people with a variety of views to express them on campus.

The protesters included various organizations and individuals who said they will be back on Nov. 3, to protest at an event called APEC Night at the UH Campus Center.

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