[In the news] Activists picket US embassy over troop buildup plans in Philippines – InterAksyon.com

Activists picket US embassy over troop buildup plans in Philippines
by Agence France-Presse
January 28, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – Activists picketed the US embassy in Manila on Saturday and burned a cardboard American flag and mock stealth bomber, vowing to launch a campaign opposing a plan to allow more US troops in the country.

About 50 members of the leftist New Nationalist Alliance (Bayan) also held a huge effigy of Uncle Sam with another of Philippine President Benigno Aquino labelled as his “dog”, as riot police prevented them approaching the mission.

“If we allow more US troops to enter our country, the entire archipelago will be transformed into one military outpost for US hegemonic interests,” Bayan said in a statement distributed at the rally.

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