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31st Asean Summit: Water cannons used in Manila anti-Trump protest

Manila, Nov 13 : As protest against US President Donald Trump turned violent on Monday, the police used water cannons against agitators who is here to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

Police officers and demonstrators were injured in the clashes that triggered when officers halted  the protesters from marching towards the convention centre where Trump is attending the Summit, reports Efe news.

The demonstrators, many of them belonging  to left-wing groups, carried an effigy of Trump with four arms in the shape of a Nazi swastika, each of them carrying a missile, a bulldozer symbolising the exploitation of natural resources, a gun and a bag of money.

In addition to shouting slogans against Trump, some protesters also carried placards describing Asean as “neoliberal” and “privatising”.

The Asean summit began Monday, with the member countries – Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – participating in the meetings.

The bloc is also slated to convene bilateral meetings with the US, China, South Korea and Japan, among others.

The meetings will culminate on Tuesday with the East Asia Summit, which will include Australia, the US, India and Russia.

Wefornews Bureau 

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