10 hurt in anti-US protest in Manila-A A +A
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
POLICE fired water cannons as anti-government protests in front of the United States embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Manila turned violent, leaving more than 10 people injured, authorities said Monday.
Manila Police District (MPD) spokesperson Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said more than 10 members of the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) were injured as the group held a protest, hours before US President Barack Obama ended his overnight visit in Manila.
Militant groups protest Obama's visit and the signing of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which is envisioned to advance the implementation of the US and Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and shall allow a bigger American military presence in the country for a period of 10 years. The deal was signed on Monday, April 28.
Bayan said the Filipino people will not benefit from Obama's visit or the signing of EDCA, instead, "it will harass the Philippines sovereignty."
The protesters who were driven away by intense police force and water cannons proceeded with their program along Kalaw street, the MPD said. (Sunnex)