- Around 800 activists demonstrated against military proposals in Manila
- Defence deal would give US troops greater access to military bases
- Activists say it reverses ‘democratic gains’ made by former colony
- Obama claims it will help promote peace and stability in the region
- US military bases were shut down in the Philipines in the 1990s
08:35 GMT, 29 April 2014
08:39 GMT, 29 April 2014
Protetsors clashed with riot police in the Philippines during a visit by Barack Obama over a defence deal that would give US troops greater access to the country’s military bases.
Activists burned mock US flags while chanting ‘Nobama, no bases, no war’ outside the presidential palace in the capital, Manila, where the President was meeting his counterpart Benigno Aquino.
Around 800 people violently reacted to the 10-year pact signed between Washington and Manila that they believe is a step back to when it was a US colony.
Stand off: Activists clashed with riot police in the Filipino capital, Manila, over a defence deal
Burn: Protestors outside the Presidential Palace, where Barak Obama met his counterpart Benigno Aquino, use the end of the newspaper to set a US flag alight
Filipinos ripped up barbed and used placards to defend themselves as officers fired water cannons in an effort to disperse them.
The crowd believe the defence deal, which was signed days before Obama touched down in Philippines, reverses democratic gains achieved when US bases were shut down in the early 1990s.
It ended a 100-year American presence in the former colony.
The violent clashes came on the last day of the US President’s tour which saw him visit Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.
Obama claimed the
arrangement will help promote peace and stability in a region unsettled
by China’s claims on disputed territories.
Push: Demonstrators holding placards and banners were held back by water cannons
A flag with with ‘No1 Terrorist’ painted on was also set alight as activists shouted ‘Nobama, no bases, no war’
Confrontation: Hundreds managed to get close to the police line as officers desperately tried to force them back with shields
The angry protests came after a 10-year deal between Washington and Manila, allowing US troops greater access to Filipino bases
The controversial agreement was also
agreed during a territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing over
islands in a large swathe of the South China Sea, heightening tensions
in the region.
Before getting on Air Force One for
the flight to Washington to end his tout of Asia, Obama rallied US and Philippine troops at
Fort Bonifacio, just outside Manila.
Inside a sweltering gymnasium, Obama hailed the
cooperation both sides showed during some of the storied battles of
the Second World War.
paid his respects at the Manila American Cemetery, where row upon row of
white crosses mark the final resting places of more than 17,000
military personnel from that war, including nearly 600
Obama vigorously defended his foreign
policy record Monday, arguing that his cautious approach to global
problems has avoided the type of missteps that contributed to a
‘disastrous’ decade of war for the United States.
over the situation in Russia overshadowed an Obama tour that was meant
to reassure anxious allies in the orbit of a rising China that the US
will always be there to defend them.
Departure: The violent clashes came on the last day of President Obama’s tour of Asia
Return: He turned his back on the visit after vigorously defending his foreign policy, but situation in Russia overshadowed the trip
The Commander-in-chief waves as he boards Air Force One at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila