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Philippines: Hundreds clash with police at Manila anti-APEC Summit protest01:46

Philippines: Hundreds clash with police at Manila anti-APEC Summit protest

Philippines, Manila
November 19, 2015 at 08:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters clashed with police in Manila on Thursday morning, as hundreds of people gathered in the Manila Bay area in opposition to the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which kicked off in the Filipino capital on Wednesday afternoon. Police officers deployed water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds and prevent them from accessing the venue. Neither arrests nor injuries have been reported yet.

The protest was organised by the left-wing alliance Bayan. Demonstrators chanted anti-APEC slogans and held placards reading "PH not for sale!" and "Junk APEC".

Due to the summit's high-ranked guests that include US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been put on red alert status during the two-day event.

Economic leaders from APEC's 21 member economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam were all present for the summit. The Philippines hosted the APEC summit for the first time ever in 1996 in Subic.

Philippines: Hundreds clash with police at Manila anti-APEC Summit protest01:46
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Protesters clashed with police in Manila on Thursday morning, as hundreds of people gathered in the Manila Bay area in opposition to the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which kicked off in the Filipino capital on Wednesday afternoon. Police officers deployed water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds and prevent them from accessing the venue. Neither arrests nor injuries have been reported yet.

The protest was organised by the left-wing alliance Bayan. Demonstrators chanted anti-APEC slogans and held placards reading "PH not for sale!" and "Junk APEC".

Due to the summit's high-ranked guests that include US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been put on red alert status during the two-day event.

Economic leaders from APEC's 21 member economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam were all present for the summit. The Philippines hosted the APEC summit for the first time ever in 1996 in Subic.

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