Anti-riot cops block pro­test­ers

Tempo - - Front Page - (Glen­del Nazario)

Ten­sion gripped a major road in Manila on the first day of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Sum­mit as mil­i­tant groups protest­ing the Philip­pine visit of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tried to pro­ceed to the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (PICC).

Some mem­bers of the anti-riot po­lice and the pro­test­ers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries while one pro­tester re­port­edly fainted as the ral­ly­ists tried to break the po­lice line at the corner of Padre Faura and Taft Av­enue in Manila at 10 a.m.

Thou­sands of pro­test­ers be­long­ing to Anakpawis, Bayan, Gabriela, Kilu­sang Mag­bubukid ng Pilip­inas, and oth­ers at­tempted to over­power the po­lice by push­ing them, forc­ing mem­bers of the Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion (BFP) to use wa­ter can­nons in try­ing to dis­perse them.

The mil­i­tants also brought their own shields to try and out­flank the num­ber of po­lice who were block­ing their way to­wards PICC.

Ini­tially, the po­lice thought that the pro­test­ers were go­ing to march from Kalaw Av­enue to Roxas Boule­vard but were sur­prised when they changed their di­rec­tion.

The ral­ly­ists oc­cu­pied the whole stretch of Taft Av­enue from Padre Faura up to the United Na­tions Av­enue. They later brought in a truck which they used as stage for the con­tin­u­a­tion of their anti-Trump pro­gram. Past 12 noon, they burned the 12-foot ef­figy of Trump.

Pro­test­ers left the place with with a lot of trash con­sist­ing mostly of slip­pers thrown by ral­ly­ists at an­tiriot cops, wet pa­pers and woods from their plac­ards.

BFP mem­bers cleaned the street us­ing fire hoses. The cen­ter is­land and the LRT posts were full of grafitti and hand­writ­ing of the pro­test­ers.

The anti-riot po­lice left their post af­ter the pro­test­ers marched to Li­wasang Boni­fa­cio in Lawton.

Af­ter the rally, the corner of Padre Faura and Taft Av­enue re­mained closed to all ve­hi­cles, and mo­torists were ad­vised to take al­ter­na­tive routes.

(Rio Leonelle Delu­vio)

MEM­BERS of the Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion use wa­ter can­nons to dis­perse anti-Trump pro­test­ers scuf­fling with anti-riot po­lice­men at the corner of Padre Faura and Taft Av­enue in Manila.

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