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Youth activist arrested at US Embassy rally

/ 01:27 PM February 06, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) was arrested after a clash during a rally dispersal in front of the United States Embassy in Manila on Thursday morning.

Members of the League of Filipino Students vandalized the facade of the US Embassy during a lightning rally in Manila Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of MPD)

The Manila Police District (MPD) said the 17-year-old protester was among the around 50 LFS members who pretended to be joggers and passersby and suddenly staged a rally in front of the main gate of the embassy at about 4:50 a.m.

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Officers of the MPD District Mobile Force Battalion who were at the area blocked the protesters, while additional police personnel immediately responded.

At about 5:10 a.m., the protesters vandalized the embassy’s facade, police said.

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The protesters were dispersed at around 5:15 a.m.

The activist, whom the police described in its report as a “suspect,” will be brought at the MPD headquarters after undergoing medical examination at the Ospital ng Maynila.

INQUIRER.net is still seeking comment from LFS as of posting time.

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