‘Dump Trump’ protest erupts ahead of Philippines summit

A water cannon is actually sprayed to activists after an scuffle with policemen during an anti-US President Donald Trump near the US embassy in Manila on November 12, 2017, before the start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit

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A water cannon is actually sprayed to activists after an scuffle with policemen during an anti-US President Donald Trump near the US embassy in Manila on November 12, 2017, before the start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit

Riot police used water canon to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the U.S. embassy in Manila on Sunday, just a few hours before the arrival of President Donald Trump inside Philippines for a regional summit as well as the last leg of his Asia tour.

Carrying placards declaring “Dump Trump” as well as “Down with U.S. Imperialism”, the left-wing protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields as well as batons, as well as then showered with jets of water coming from a fire engine.

“Trump is actually the CEO of the imperialist government of the US, said 18-year-old student Alexis Danday after the protesters were scattered. “We know he is actually here to push for unfair treaties between the Philippines as well as the U.S.”

Trump was anticipated to arrive inside Philippines at around 5 p.m. (0900 GMT) for meetings with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as additional East Asian nations, fresh off an Asia-Pacific summit as well as bilateral visit in Vietnam.

In Hanoi earlier on Sunday, Trump said he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where four ASEAN countries as well as Taiwan contest China’s sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

“If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know,” Trump said at a
meeting with Vietnam’s president, Tran Dai Quang. “I’m a very Great mediator as well as
arbitrator.”

In August, foreign ministers of Southeast Asia as well as China adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct inside South China Sea, a move they hailed as progress yet one seen by critics as a tactic to buy China time to consolidate its power.

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