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Devotees break down barricades to get close to Black Nazarene


07:24 AM January 9th, 2013

By: Karen Boncocan, January 9th, 2013 07:24 AM

Devotees trying to get past barricades at Quirino Grandstand. KAREN BONCOCAN/

MANILA, Philippines — Devotees of the Black Nazarene broke through the barricades at the Quirino Grandstand Wednesday.

Authorities were unable to stop the pilgrims from entering the secured area, as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the 6 a.m. mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Police estimate that over 160,000 barefoot devotees were present at the Rizal Park to participate in the procession.

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