Scores hurt in violent rally dispersal

NO QUALMS A police van plows into a group of demonstrators in front of the US embassy on Roxas in Manila. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

NO QUALMS A police van plows into a group of demonstrators in front of the US embassy on Roxas in Manila. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

SCORES were injured when policemen threw teargas and rammed into a group protesting the continued presence of American troops in the Philippines in front of the US Embassy in Manila Wednesday.

The rallyists, who included students and members of indigenous groups, were about to leave after throwing paint at the logo of the embassy, when they were violently dispersed.

A police car rammed into the group several times. At least three persons were injured when they were run over by the vehicle.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes took to social media to condemn the violent dispersal.

“The violent dispersal at the US embassy happened as the rally ended and groups prepared to leave. There was no justification for it. Even as the president avowed an independent foreign policy, PH police forces still act as running dogs of the US,” Reyes said.

At least 53 demonstrators and 10 policemen were injured in the scuffle.

Lawmen arrested several of the protesters and hauled them to the nearest police station.

Ephrim Cortez, the group’s lawyer, said those taken into police custody will be released but will face charges.


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  1. May the soul of the dead/ s in this sad event be in peace| may the good Lord give justice to those who are oppressed.

    Whoever are good will be with Jesus Christ at the end of the days| hearts and souls are seen by The Christ: clean ones are to be saved.

  2. So it happened. The organizers put their masses in danger for a needless protest. The President is vocal in rebalancing our foreign relations and this kind of protest is not needed. Since it already happened, they should have police their ranks and ensure that the rally will go peacefully up to the end. What we have seen in video footages,they have stones, paints, sticks, etc. The Police of Manila, although, I am not absolving them especially the one who drives their police car, are not yet well-trained on how to deal with protesters under President Duterte. After studying what happened, this could be a plot against the President. It’s like the Mendiola Masscre where the Reds put their people in Mendiola and stirred violence and since the Government of Cory are brutal to the people they fired at them. But the good thing is, people are now more smarter to discern this kind of dirty game for the Reds and the Yellows. I standby with my President. The culprit here are the organizers of the rally and the Yellows who wants to sensationalize the issue.

  3. Jose Macalintal on

    So Partylist Bayan muna using our hard earned taxes to fund their rallies. This is one of the reason why I believe Partylist should be abolished. Partylist is a Joke.

    @Nicky Lee Don’t blame the police blame the rally organizer. They don’t even have permits to begin with.

    • Jose Macalintal on

      Violence begets violence. Sila pwede nilang saktan ang mga police tapos pag sila nasaktan tatakbo at iiyak sa media. What the $#@$? Bayan muna o selfish agenda muna? kung para sa bayan kayo tigilan niyo na ang pag rarally gumawa kayo ng paraan para magkatrabaho ang mga pilipino at umagat ang bansa na ito…. hindi puro rally lang ang ginagawa niyo!!

  4. sino naman kaya ang nagpondo para mag-instigate sa mga tao para magkagulo…. naku ayaw ni Digong yan

  5. u.s. forces are gone what else this people want its only public disturbance and traffic disturbance the leader of the protester ay gusto lang mag pa epal ano ngayo ang nakuha ninyo sakit lang ng ulo

  6. Yan kasi and hanap ng mga militante’ng ito, sila nag-provoke ng violent confrontation. Pasalamat kayo na di kayo pinagbabaril tulad doon sa Mendiola at Kidapawan massacres. Dapat sa susunod doon kayo magwala sa Chinese embassy o Scarborough shoal, para di halata na hakot anti-US rallista lang kayo.

    Itong pulis naman at super-bisor niya e sunod-sunuran lang naman sa paulit-ulit na utos ni Du30, ano sabi…never allow yourself to be overpowered and disarmed use force if necessary.

    Kahit Intsik General Sun Tsu nagsabi “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.”

  7. The organizers has be blamed for inciting chaos…but the police should always exercise maximum tolerance. No one should ever used a vehicle against a human being. I hope that the policeman who was driving the vehicle and whoever gave the order for him to do that will be punished and stripped of driver license for a lifetime