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Philippine police disperse group protesting US, China

July 21, 2018

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine riot police have used shields and a water hose to disperse more than 100 left-wing activists in front of the U.S. Embassy in Manila in a confrontation that injured more than a dozen protesters.

The farmers and workers burned cardboard showing the U.S. and Chinese flags at the end of an hourlong protest outside the embassy on Saturday and were leaving the area when they were stopped by the policemen, who insisted that they use a side road.

A melee then ensued with police using a water hose from one of three fire trucks and their shields to drive away the protesters.

Paul Carson, an information officer for the protesters, said at least 13 were brought to the hospital with bruises and other injuries. No arrests were reported.

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