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Anti-Obama Protesters in Manila Clash with Police

26 February 2014

Police clashed briefly in the Philippine capital with about 300 protesters opposed to a planned visit by President Barack Obama and continued US military presence in the country. Riot police on Tuesday holding up shields across a road to the US embassy were pushed back by the demonstrators, prompting the police to retaliate with truncheons. No arrests were made and there were no serious injuries in the scuffle. About 500 American soldiers are based in the south where they provide Philippine troops anti-terrorism training. Obama is scheduled to visit the Philippines in April as part of his four-nation Asian tour.—AP