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Anti-Obama, U.S. military protesters clash with police in Manila

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:16 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

MANILA>> Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Riot policemen blocked the flag-waving activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle in view of motorists stuck in traffic.

The police sprayed the protesters with water from a fire truck to push them away. A police officer was punched in the face in the melee but no arrests were made. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: "Obama, not welcome."

Obama arrives in Manila on Monday for an overnight stop after visiting Japan, South Korea and Malaysia on an Asian trip in which he is expected to reassure allied nations enmeshed in long-running territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China.

The United States and the Philippines, which are treaty allies, have been scrambling to overcome differences to finalize a new security accord in time for Obama's visit.

The accord would allow more U.S. troops, aircraft and ships to be temporarily stationed in selected Philippine military camps as a counterweight to China and as a standby disaster-response force. About 500 American soldiers have been based in the southern Philippines since 2002 to provide anti-terrorism training and intelligence to Filipino troops battling al-Qaida-linked militants.

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salsacoquibx wrote:
geee they dont even live in the US and complain about Obama..lol too funny
on April 23,2014 | 09:19AM
saveparadise wrote:
Our military is spread thin all over the world and we suffer social breakdown at home. The enemies recognize weak leadership. A major war is becoming closer to reality.
on April 23,2014 | 09:46AM
HD36 wrote:
Yes it's spread so thin at a point in history when the US is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. The last time a similar event occured was the fall of the Roman Empire.
on April 23,2014 | 04:28PM
scooters wrote:
We don't even want him here!
on April 23,2014 | 10:11AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Hey Sharpton, are the Filipinos racist or just more observant than many Americans?
on April 23,2014 | 10:17AM
cojef wrote:
They have balls!
on April 23,2014 | 12:10PM
HD36 wrote:
Maybe we gotta give them foodstamps too.
on April 23,2014 | 04:25PM
Maipono wrote:
I guess this is what Obama and his supporters meant by saying,"Change you can believe in!" Or else!
on April 23,2014 | 02:36PM
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