Polizei geht gegen Demonstranten gegen Obama und eine verstärkte Militärpräsenz der US-Armee in den Philippinen vor: Eine verstärkte Präsenz von amerikanischen Truppen stösst auf den Philippinen, die lange eine amerikanische Kolonie waren, nicht nur auf Gegenliebe. Am Sonntag kam es in Manila zu Protesten gegen das Verteidigungsabkommen, so die Neue Züricher Zeitung

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/international/auslandnachrichten/den-starken-partner-im-ruecken-1.18292286

ANTI-OBAMA PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE IN MANILA

Apr. 23, 2014 4:57 AM EDT

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    Protesters shout slogans during a rally at the U.S. Embassy against next week’s visit by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police armed with truncheons, shields and water hoses clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the embassy to oppose a visit by Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila 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 U.S. 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 finalize a new security accord in time for Obama’s visit.

The accord would allow more U.S. 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-Qaida-linked militants.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/anti-obama-protesters-clash-police-manila

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