ANTI-riot police on Thursday clashed with protesters who attempted to troop to the EDSA Shrine during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolution.
The clash occurred at past 2 p.m. when some of the rallyists broke through the barricades, prompting the police to chase them.
The protesters occupied the southbound lane of the service road of Ortigas Avenue in Mandaluyong City which caused heavy traffic in the area.
Police had to block the group four times. Some confrontations led to an exchange of blows.
Protesters were banned from staging a rally because they had no permit.
Senior Supt. Edwin De Ocampo, Ground Commandeer of the Eastern police District Group EDSA, said the EDSA anniversary celebration was generally peaceful and orderly.
“The troops were able to secure the perimeter of EDSA Shrine from cause oriented organizations, who aimed to air their grievances and end up disrupting the serenity and the main essence of the event. Nevertheless, the whole EPD was very thankful to the task group that was able to manage the crowd and stand on our ground without untoward incident happened,” De Ocampo said.
The National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) said the people power commemoration was generally peaceful and orderly.
The NCRPO chief Joel Pagdilao said 4,000 policemen were deployed for the event.