Philippine police van drives at protesters to break up anti-U.S. demo

October 19, 2016 8:02 AM

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MANILA Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters outside the U.S. embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators.

The rally came as President Rodrigo Duterte visits Beijing to strengthen relations with the world's second-largest economy amid deteriorating ties with former colonial power the United States, sparked by his controversial war on illegal drugs.

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