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Philippines court approves anniversary demonstrations

After receiving assurances that the marches and rally would be peaceful, the Supreme Court approved plans Saturday for demonstrations on the first anniversary of opposition leader Benigno Aquino's assassination.

The court has nearly always upheld the actions of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, particularly in cases involving human rights and national security. But the judges rejected government arguments that the activities planned for tomorrow could lead to ''civil war.''

The court said its approval was based on assurances from the organizers, led by Mr. Aquino's younger brother, Agapito, that the four marches and rally would be peaceful.

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