Militant groups clash with police in anti-Trump rally

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — Members of militant groups clashed with police in an anti-ASEAN rally in Manila on Monday.

One hundred police officers, decked in anti-combat gear, trained their water cannons on at least a thousand members of leftist groups amassed on Padre Faura street.

Two trucks were deployed to block the protesters from moving closer to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, where President Rodrigo Duterte, U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and their dialogue partners are meeting.

Members of leftist groups Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis,  Kabataan, Act Teachers, KMP, KMU, Anakbayan, Migrante, Katribu, Kadamay, and Sandugo believe the ASEAN Summit results in policies that will only result to policies that will put poor Filipinos into a much-deeper poverty and misery.

 

Metro Manila Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde said the protesters are inciting violence, but the police are still exercising maximum tolerance.

"Useless makipag-usap. Everytime ang rally nagiging violent. They seem to instigate na saktan sila (police)," he told CNN Philippines.

Protesters who turn violent may be arrested and charged, Albayalde added.

The rallyists are carrying with them an effigy of Trump, with his four arms in a swastika-like position.

One hand is holding a gun which represents what they say is the war mongering of the United States. Another hand is holding a crane which symbolizes the U.S.'s alleged plundering of resources in ASEAN countries.

The other two hands are holding money and a missile on each hand, which they said symbolize what they call the fascism and militarism of the United States.

 

Earlier they practiced their defense in case of a possible clash with the police.

Sunday's anti-Trump rallies left at least nine protesters and 23 police officers hurt.

Government forces were directed to be 'snappy' in carrying out security measures and counter-measures for traffic concerns and protest actions, said Catalino Cuy, ASEAN chairperson for the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response.