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(WATCH) Militants’ protest rally vs US turns bloody, 60 injured

A protest rally staged by militant groups, national minorities, and indigenous people in front of the United States (US) Embassy in Ermita, Manila to condemn military and economic intervention of the US turned bloody when they tried to resist police dispersal, leaving over 60 injured.

Photo courtesy of Pambansang Minorya | 2016.mb.com.ph

Photo courtesy of Pambansang Minorya | 2016.mb.com.ph

Minority alliance SANDUGO said their program was about to culminate when Col. Marcelino Pedroso of the Manila Police District allegedly green-lighted the violent dispersal.

Police reportedly then released tear gas and rammed a mobile patrol vehicle through the ranks of the protesters. Police armed with truncheons also chased after the protesters from Roxas Boulevard to Kalaw Street.

At least three protesters, including SANDUGO Lead Convenor Piya Macliing Malayao, Quenilyn Gromeo of Anakbayan-PUP, and Baling Katubigan, a 61-year old Lumad woman from Kasalo, CARAGA were reportedly hit by the police mobile patrol vehicle.

But police said the protesters were hitting them and trying to break their mobile car. The group also sprayed red paint on the embassy’s logo, prompting them to throw tear gas and use the water cannon to disperse the group.

“Today, we witnessed how even our local security forces are keen on employing violent tactics to quell the dissent of the marginalized and the oppressed,” Jerome Succor Aba, national spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said.

Some 53 protesters and 10 policemen suffered minor injuries as a result of the scuffle.

Atty. Emphraim Cortez of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers later confirmed that all the protesters will be released and will not go through inquest proceedings, but cases will still be filed against them.