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Newsline: Cops repel youth activists near US Embassy in Manila

Youth protesters on Tuesday failed to get near the United States Embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. A police barricade deterred the 50-strong group at the corner of Padre Faura Street. The Manila police spotted the group walking towards the embassy around 9 a.m. The Civil Disturbance Management Battalion from Regions 1 and IV-A barred the smaller group of activists at Padre Faura Street. After 20 minutes, the protesters left the area. Police continue to guard the vicinity of the American Embassy, in anticipation of more protests with the arrival of US President Barrack Obama in the country. Obama and other world leaders will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting this week. Activists earlier said their anti-APEC march will push through on November 19 despite the government’s virtual ban on protest actions. The Philippine National Police has promised to exercise maximum tolerance in demonstration protests.



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