Violence mars demonstration at US Embassy in Manila

Manila A fray broke out in front of the US Embassy as demonstrators attempted to pelt the facade of the foreign mission with red paint to dramatise their protests on the eve of International Women’s Day.

No one was reported seriously hurt in the late morning scuffle in the capital after police formed a human barricade to prevent members of the militant women’s group, Gabriela, from overwhelming them defacing the US embassy seal placed at the frontage.

Radio reports said the women pushed and shoved the defending policemen while some newsmen covering the event found themselves caught in the middle of a barrage of red paint released by the demonstrators against the lawmen.

The demonstrators are protesting the presence of US military forces in the Philippines. Reports said that at any given period, the US has at least a battalion of military personnel in various parts of the country.

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