Obama 'not welcome' in Manila

Last updated 10:41 24/04/2014
Manila protests
Reuters
An anti-riot policeman reaches to grab a protester as they are hit with a water cannon during a protest against the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama.

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Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose have clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists.

The protesters were rallying at the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday (local time) 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 US 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 finalise a new security accord in time for Obama's visit.

The accord would allow more US 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 Qaeda-linked militants.

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