VIDEO: Police vehicle rams anti-US protesters; police deny deliberately running over them


MANILA, Philippines- An anti-US rally in front of the United States Embassy in Manila ended in a violent dispersal as a police van left several protesters injured after running over them.

Police vehicle rams anti-US protesters; police deny deliberately running over them
Screenshot from Youtube video. Credit: RT
In several videos of the incident, the police vehicle moved back and forth, ramming into rallyists, who were protesting against foreign intervention in support of the administration’s independent foreign policy.

According to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., the violent dispersal which occurred just before the activists and several indigenous groups were about to leave the area, was “planned and ordered by one Col. Pedrozo.”

At least three protesters namely Piya Macliing Malayao, the group’s lead convenor, Quenilyn Gromeo of Anakbayan-PUP, and Baling Katubigan, a 61-year-old Lumad were hit and injured by the police van. About 50 others sustained injuries from the clash.

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Police deny deliberately running over rallyists

In a text message sent to Inquirer, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said that the protesters were trying to flip over the police vehicle and denied that the driver deliberately ran over them.

“In the process, the driver extricated the patrol car and inadvertently hit some unruly protesters who sustained minor injuries,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde added that 32 civil disturbance management cops were also injured from the commotion.

Still, Reyes said there is no justification for what the police did.

“In the first place, the rally was about to end. The protesters were preparing to leave. Why did they fire tear gas and assault the protesters?” Reyes said in a text message to Inquirer.

Following the dispersal, 21 individuals including a health volunteer, a nurse, a doctor and a media man were arrested and brought to the Manila Police District.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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