Water cannon repel anti-Trump protesters

MANILA (AFP) – Riot police used water cannon and sonic alarms to repel hundreds of protesters shouting anti-Donald Trump slogans on the sidelines of a major summit in Manila yesterday.

Colourful effigies of the US president, including one with four arms in the shape of a Nazi swastika, were carried through the streets of the Philippine capital.

A likeness of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte peeked out from behind the figure, as the two leaders readied to sit down for formal talks less than three kilometres away.

Protesters carried placards that read ‘Trump Go Home’ and ‘Ban Trump #1 terrorist’.

Police said there were nearly 2,000 people at the rallies.

Protesters clash with anti-riot police, as they try to march to the venue of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila yesterday, where US President Donald Trump is attending. – AFP

They were met with riot police – some wearing flak jackets and carrying rifles – who fired water cannon and sounded high-pitched alarms.

At least six police officers were injured in the melee, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

“They hit us with wooden sticks. One of my colleagues was hit in the face by a rock,” police officer Ramon Dumagat said, his arms covered in reddish welts.