Report: Cops, protesters clash near US Embassy in Manila

The police clashed with some 20 militant students who tried to stage a lightning rally in front of the United States (US) Embassy in Manila on Wednesday.

While no one was reported hurt, tension gripped the area near the corner of United Nations Avenue and Roxas Boulevard, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.

The traffic was also disrupted during the clash between the protesters and anti-riot police personnel.

Some 20 members of the League of Filipino Students had planned to picket the embassy and burn an effigy of the US flag, the report said.

The LFS members said they were protesting against the “uneven” relations between the Philippines and the US, especially with the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

They called for the junking of the VFA, which they claimed reportedly allows the visiting US forces to commit abuses while they are in the Philippines. – VVP, GMA News

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